A psalm of David when he was in the ·desert [wilderness] of Judah [C fleeing from a jealous Saul; 1 Sam. 21–31].
63 God, you are my God. I ·search for [am intent on] you. I thirst for you [42:1–2] ·like someone [or my flesh yearns for you] in a dry, ·empty [exhausted; weary] land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in ·the Temple [L the Holy Place; or holiness] and have seen your strength and glory. 3 Because your ·love [loyalty] is better than life, ·I [L My lips] will praise you. 4 I will ·praise [bless] you ·as long as I live [L with my life]. I will lift up my hands in your name [C in prayer]. 5 I will be ·content as if I had eaten the best foods [L satisfied as with fat and fatness]. My lips will sing, and my mouth will praise you.
6 I remember you while I’m lying in bed; I ·think about [meditate on] you through the watches of the night [C the night was divided into four watches of three hours each]. 7 You are my help. ·Because of your protection [L In the shadow of your wings; C an image of compassion or perhaps a reference to the cherubim whose wings covered the Ark of the Covenant; Ex. 25:20], I sing. 8 I ·stay close [cling] to you; ·you support me with your right hand [L your right hand sustains me].
9 ·Some people are trying to kill me [L They seek my life for ruin], but they will go down to the ·grave [L underbelly of the earth]. 10 They will be ·killed with swords [L handed over to the sword] and ·eaten by wild dogs [L be the prey of jackals]. 11 But the king will rejoice in his God. All who ·make promises in his name [L swear by him] will praise him, but the mouths of liars will be shut.
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