(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.)
Under the Protection of God
61 Please listen, God, and answer my prayer! 2 I feel hopeless, and I cry out to you from a faraway land.
Lead me to the mighty rock[a] high above me. 3 You are a strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies.
4 Let me live with you forever and find protection under your wings, my God. 5 You heard my promises, and you have blessed me, just as you bless everyone who worships you.
6 Let the king have a long and healthy life. 7 May he always rule with you, God, at his side; may your love and loyalty watch over him.
8 I will sing your praises forever and will always keep my promises.
(A psalm by David for Jeduthun, the music leader.)
God Is Powerful and Kind
62 Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for[b] him. 2 God alone is the mighty rock[c] that keeps me safe and the fortress where I am secure.
3 I feel like a shaky fence or a sagging wall. How long will all of you attack and assault me? 4 You want to bring me down from my place of honor. You love to tell lies, and when your words are kind, hatred hides in your heart.
5 Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him. 6 God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure. 7 God saves me and honors me. He is that mighty rock where I find safety.
8 Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns. God is our place of safety.
9 We humans are only a breath; none of us are truly great. All of us together weigh less than a puff of air. 10 Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth.
11 I heard God say two things: “I am powerful, 12 and I am very kind.” The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do.
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