For the worship leader. A song of David accompanied by strings.
1 Answer my prayers, O True God, the righteous, who makes me right. I was hopelessly surrounded, and You rescued me. Once again hear me; hide me in Your favor; bring victory in defeat and hope in hopelessness.
2 How long will you sons of Adam steal my dignity, reduce my glory to shame? Why pine for the fruitless and dream a delusion?
3 Understand this: The Eternal One treats as special those like Him. The Eternal will answer my prayers and save me.
4 Think long; think hard. When you are angry, don’t let it carry you into sin. When night comes, in calm be silent.
5 From this day forward, offer to God the right sacrifice from a heart made right by God. Entrust yourself to the Eternal.
6 Crowds of disheartened people ask, “Who can show us what is good?” Let Your brilliant face shine upon us, O Eternal One, that we may know the undeniable answer. 7 You have filled me with joy, and happiness has risen in my heart, great delight and unrivaled joy, even more than when bread abounds and wine flows freely. 8 Tonight I will sleep securely on a bed of peace because I trust You, You alone, O Eternal One, will keep me safe.
4:2Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
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