A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1In Thee, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Thy righteousness deliver me.
2Incline Thine ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be Thou to me a rock of strength,
A stronghold to save me.
3For Thou art my rock and my fortress;
For Thy name’s sake Thou wilt lead me and guide me.
4Thou wilt pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me;
For Thou art my strength.
5Into Thy hand I commit my spirit;
Thou hast ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.
6I hate those who regard vain idols;
But I trust in the LORD.
7I will rejoice and be glad in Thy lovingkindness,
Because Thou hast seen my affliction;
Thou hast known the troubles of my soul,
8And Thou hast not given me over into the hand of the enemy;
Thou hast set my feet in a large place.
9Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.
10For my life is spent with sorrow,
And my years with sighing;
My strength has failed because of my iniquity,
And my body has wasted away.
11Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach,
Especially to my neighbors,
And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me in the street flee from me.
12I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind,
I am like a broken vessel.
13For I have heard the slander of many,
Terror is on every side;
While they took counsel together against me,
They schemed to take away my life.
14But as for me, I trust in Thee, O LORD,
I say, “Thou art my God.”
15My times are in Thy hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant;
Save me in Thy lovingkindness.
17Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon Thee;
Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.
18Let the lying lips be dumb,
Which speak arrogantly against the righteous
With pride and contempt.
19How great is Thy goodness,
Which Thou hast stored up for those who fear Thee,
Which Thou hast wrought for those who take refuge in Thee,
Before the sons of men!
20Thou dost hide them in the secret place of Thy presence from the conspiracies of man;
Thou dost keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
21Blessed be the LORD,
For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
22As for me, I said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from before Thine eyes”;
Nevertheless Thou didst hear the voice of my supplications
When I cried to Thee.
23O love the LORD, all you His godly ones!
The LORD preserves the faithful,
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
24Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the LORD.