Composite Psalter

The Composite Psalter is a poetic composite of traditional, English translations designed for memorization and group recitation.

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Psalm 90
Lord, you have been our dwelling place *
in every generation.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
before you had formed the earth and the world, *
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn man back into dust *
saying, "Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight *
are like the day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away like a flood; *
they are as a dream,
like new grass growing in the morning:
In the morning it flourishes and is renewed; *
by the evening it fades and withers away.
For we are consumed by your anger; *
by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you, *
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away in your fury; *
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The span of our days is seventy years,
eighty perhaps for those who are strong; *
yet their sum is but toil and sorrow;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who understands the power of your anger, *
and your wrath as great as the fear that is due you?
So teach us to number our days *
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Return, O Lord! How long will it be? *
Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love, *
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, *
for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants, *
and your glory to their children.
Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
establish the work of our hands for us; *
yes, establish the work of our hands!