63 A psalm of David, written when he was in the Judean wilderness. 2
O God, you are my God! I long for you! 3
My soul thirsts 4 for you,
my flesh yearns for you,
in a dry and parched 5 land where there is no water.
2 Yes, 6 in the sanctuary I have seen you, 7
and witnessed 8 your power and splendor.
3 Because 9 experiencing 10 your loyal love is better than life itself,
my lips will praise you.
4 For this reason 11 I will praise you while I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands. 12
5 As if with choice meat 13 you satisfy my soul. 14
My mouth joyfully praises you, 15
6 whenever 16 I remember you on my bed,
and think about you during the nighttime hours.
7 For you are my deliverer; 17
under your wings 18 I rejoice.
8 My soul 19 pursues you; 20
your right hand upholds me.
9 Enemies seek to destroy my life, 21
but they will descend into the depths of the earth. 22
10 Each one will be handed over to the sword; 23
their corpses will be eaten by jackals. 24
11 But the king 25 will rejoice in God;
everyone who takes oaths in his name 26 will boast,
for the mouths of those who speak lies will be shut up. 27
64 For the music director; a psalm of David.
Listen to me, 2 O God, as I offer my lament!
Protect 3 my life from the enemy’s terrifying attacks. 4
2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,
from the crowd of evildoers. 5
3 They 6 sharpen their tongues like a sword;
they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 7
4 in order to shoot down the innocent 8 in secluded places.
They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 9
5 They encourage one another to carry out their evil deed. 10
They plan how to hide 11 snares,
and boast, 12 “Who will see them?” 13
6 They devise 14 unjust schemes;
they disguise 15 a well-conceived plot. 16
Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered. 17
7 But God will shoot 18 at them;
suddenly they will be 19 wounded by an arrow. 20
8 Their slander will bring about their demise. 21
All who see them will shudder, 22
9 and all people will fear. 23
They will proclaim 24 what God has done,
and reflect on his deeds.
10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord
and take shelter in him.
All the morally upright 25 will boast. 26
65 For the music director; a psalm of David, a song.
Praise awaits you, 2 O God, in Zion.
Vows made to you are fulfilled.
2 You hear prayers; 3
all people approach you. 4
3 Our record of sins overwhelms me, 5
but you forgive 6 our acts of rebellion.
4 How blessed 7 is the one whom you choose,
and allow to live in your palace courts. 8
May we be satisfied with the good things of your house –
your holy palace. 9
5 You answer our prayers by performing awesome acts of deliverance,
O God, our savior. 10
All the ends of the earth trust in you, 11
as well as those living across the wide seas. 12
6 You created the mountains by your power, 13
and demonstrated your strength. 14
7 You calm the raging seas 15
and their roaring waves,
as well as the commotion made by the nations. 16
8 Even those living in the most remote areas are awestruck by your acts; 17
you cause those living in the east and west to praise you. 18
9 You visit the earth and give it rain; 19
you make it rich and fertile 20
with overflowing streams full of water. 21
You provide grain for them, 22
for you prepare the earth to yield its crops. 23
10 You saturate 24 its furrows,
and soak 25 its plowed ground. 26
With rain showers you soften its soil, 27
and make its crops grow. 28
11 You crown the year with your good blessings, 29
and you leave abundance in your wake. 30
12 The pastures in the wilderness glisten with moisture, 31
and the hills are clothed with joy. 32
13 The meadows are clothed with sheep,
and the valleys are covered with grain.
They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.