A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House (Temple). A Psalm of David.
30 I will extol and praise You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You have healed me. 3 O Lord, You have brought my life up from Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead); You have kept me alive, so that I would not go down to the pit (grave). 4 Sing to the Lord, O you His godly ones, And give thanks at the mention of His holy name. 5 For His anger is but for a moment, [a]His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
6 As for me, in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” 7 By Your favor and grace, O Lord, you have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was horrified. 8 I called to You, O Lord, And to the Lord I made supplication (specific request). 9 “What profit is there in my blood (death), if I go down to the pit (grave)? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness [to man]?
10 “Hear, O Lord, be gracious and show favor to me; O Lord, be my helper.” 11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
31 In You, O Lord, I have placed my trust and taken refuge; Let me never be [b]ashamed; In Your righteousness rescue me. 2 Incline Your ear to me, deliver me quickly; Be my rock of refuge, And a strong fortress to save me. 3 Yes, You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me. 4 You will draw me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength and my stronghold. 5 [c]Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth and faithfulness.
6 I hate those who pay regard to vain (empty, worthless) idols; But I trust in the Lord [and rely on Him with unwavering confidence]. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in Your steadfast love, Because You have seen my affliction; You have taken note of my life’s distresses, 8 And You have not given me into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a broad place.
9 Be gracious and compassionate to me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye is clouded and weakened by grief, my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And even my body has wasted away. 11 Because of all my enemies I have become a reproach and disgrace, Especially to my neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances; Those who see me on the street run from me. 12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. 13 For I have heard the slander and whispering of many, Terror is on every side; While they schemed together against me, They plotted to take away my life.
14 But as for me, I trust [confidently] in You and Your greatness, O Lord; I said, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in Your hands; Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me. 16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness. 17 Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I call on You; Let the wicked (godless) be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead). 18 Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak insolently and arrogantly against the [consistently] righteous With pride and contempt.
19 How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who [reverently] fear You, Which You have prepared for those who take refuge in You, [d]Before the sons of man! 20 In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots and conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter (pavilion) from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the Lord, For He has shown His marvelous favor and lovingkindness to me [when I was assailed] in a besieged city. 22 As for me, I said in my alarm, “I am cut off from Your eyes.” Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications (specific requests) When I cried to You [for help].
23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful [those with moral and spiritual integrity] And fully repays the [self-righteousness of the] arrogant. 24 Be strong and let your hearts take courage, All you who wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David. A skillful [e]song, or a didactic or reflective poem.
32 Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, favored by God] is he whose transgression is forgiven, And whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute wickedness, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; My [f]energy (vitality, strength) was drained away as with the burning heat of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And I did not hide my wickedness; I said, “I will confess [all] my transgressions to the Lord”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. 6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [for forgiveness] in a time when You [are near and] may be found; Surely when the great waters [of trial and distressing times] overflow they will not reach [the spirit in] him. 7 You are my hiding place; You, Lord, protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bridle and rein to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you. 10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in and relies on the Lord shall be surrounded with compassion and lovingkindness. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous [who actively seek right standing with Him]; Shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
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