7 A musical composition 1 by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning 2 a Benjaminite named Cush. 3
O Lord my God, in you I have taken shelter. 4
Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
2 Otherwise they will rip 5 me 6 to shreds like a lion;
they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me. 7
3 O Lord my God, if I have done what they say, 8
or am guilty of unjust actions, 9
4 or have wronged my ally, 10
or helped his lawless enemy, 11
5 may an enemy relentlessly chase 12 me 13 and catch me; 14
may he trample me to death 15
and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. 16 (Selah)
6 Stand up angrily, 17 Lord!
Rise up with raging fury against my enemies! 18
Wake up for my sake and execute the judgment you have decreed for them! 19
7 The countries are assembled all around you; 20
take once more your rightful place over them! 21
8 The Lord judges the nations. 22
Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent, 23
because I am blameless, 24 O Exalted One! 25
9 May the evil deeds of the wicked 26 come to an end! 27
But make the innocent 28 secure, 29
O righteous God,
you who examine 30 inner thoughts and motives! 31
10 The Exalted God is my shield, 32
the one who delivers the morally upright. 33
11 God is a just judge;
he is angry throughout the day. 34
12 If a person 35 does not repent, God sharpens his sword 36
and prepares to shoot his bow. 37
13 He prepares to use deadly weapons against him; 38
he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows. 39
14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness,
who conceives destructive plans,
and gives birth to harmful lies – 40
15 he digs a pit 41
and then falls into the hole he has made. 42
16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans 43
and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head. 44
17 I will thank the Lord for 45 his justice;
I will sing praises to the sovereign Lord! 46
8 For the music director, according to the gittith style; 1 a psalm of David.
O Lord, our Lord, 2
how magnificent 3 is your reputation 4 throughout the earth!
You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 5
2 From the mouths of children and nursing babies
you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries, 6
so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy. 7
3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,
and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 8
4 Of what importance is the human race, 9 that you should notice 10 them?
Of what importance is mankind, 11 that you should pay attention to them, 12
5 and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? 13
You grant mankind 14 honor and majesty; 15
6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; 16
you have placed 17 everything under their authority, 18
7 including all the sheep and cattle,
as well as the wild animals, 19
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea
and everything that moves through the currents 20 of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, 21
how magnificent 22 is your reputation 23 throughout the earth! 24
9 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; 1 a psalm of David.
I will thank the Lord with all my heart!
I will tell about all your amazing deeds! 2
2 I will be happy and rejoice in you!
I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One! 3
3 When my enemies turn back,
they trip and are defeated 4 before you.
4 For you defended my just cause; 5
from your throne you pronounced a just decision. 6
5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; 7
you destroyed the wicked; 8
you permanently wiped out all memory of them. 9
6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; 10
you destroyed their cities; 11
all memory of the enemies has perished. 12
7 But the Lord 13 rules 14 forever;
he reigns in a just manner. 15
8 He judges the world fairly;
he makes just legal decisions for the nations. 16
9 Consequently 17 the Lord provides safety for the oppressed; 18
he provides safety in times of trouble. 19
10 Your loyal followers trust in you, 20
for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help. 21
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules 22 in Zion!
Tell the nations what he has done! 23
12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 24
he did not overlook 25 their cry for help 26
13 when they prayed: 27
“Have mercy on me, 28 Lord!
See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, 29
O one who can snatch me away 30 from the gates of death!
14 Then I will 31 tell about all your praiseworthy acts; 32
in the gates of Daughter Zion 33 I will rejoice because of your deliverance.” 34
15 The nations fell 35 into the pit they had made;
their feet were caught in the net they had hidden. 36
16 The Lord revealed himself;
he accomplished justice;
the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. 37 (Higgaion. 38 Selah)
17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; 39
this is the destiny of 40 all the nations that ignore 41 God,
18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, 42
the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed. 43
19 Rise up, Lord! 44
Don’t let men be defiant! 45
May the nations be judged in your presence!
20 Terrify them, Lord! 46
Let the nations know they are mere mortals! 47 (Selah)