"O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." King David knows a friend has betrayed him and looks for escape - but in the end faces his problems by casting his burden on the Lord. Psalms Across the Universe presents Psalm 55 in NRSV English followed by the same psalm in Russian.
Traditionally, the voice of the Psalms is the biblical King David's, a voice of a man in the world, a man of action, a king involved in all the aspects of governing his people. He is the most human and realistic of kings, but also conversant with the divine. These readings praise God, warn enemies, repent mistakes, and bless good times. If you are looking for ways to help you "think big" in your own executive role, whether in a corporate or a household setting, you will appreciate Psalms for Leaders.
"The Lord loves those who hate evil...." In this psalm the earth, the heavens, and all the natural elements are the Lord's tools. Psalm 97 is presented in English, followed by the same psalm in Yoruba (Nigeria).
"The mouths of liars will be stopped." King David is oppressed by enemies in this psalm, but he knows they will eventually be fed to the jackals. The NRSV English Psalm 63 is followed by the same psalm in French.
"Interesting, but cluttered with music"
"Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn." King David tries to rouse his soul to the task at hand, though victory seems an uphill battle. Psalm 108 is presented in English, followed by the same psalm in Portuguese.
"The Lord is King; let the peoples tremble!" The Lord is a fearsome lover of justice and equity in Psalm 99, which finds precedents in history for the people's faith today. This psalm is presented in English followed by the same psalm in Tigrigna (Eritrea).
"I shall study the way that is blameless. When shall I attain it?" In Psalm 101, a possibly young King David makes resolutions that he hopes will carry him through his reign. This psalm is presented in English, followed by the same psalm in Polish.