30 A psalm – a song used at the dedication of the temple; 1 by David.
I will praise you, O Lord, for you lifted me up, 2
and did not allow my enemies to gloat 3 over me.
2 O Lord my God,
I cried out to you and you healed me. 4
3 O Lord, you pulled me 5 up from Sheol;
you rescued me from among those descending into the grave. 6
4 Sing to the Lord, you faithful followers 7 of his;
give thanks to his holy name. 8
5 For his anger lasts only a brief moment,
and his good favor restores one’s life. 9
One may experience sorrow during the night,
but joy arrives in the morning. 10
6 In my self-confidence I said,
“I will never be upended.” 11
7 O Lord, in your good favor you made me secure. 12
Then you rejected me 13 and I was terrified.
8 To you, O Lord, I cried out;
I begged the Lord for mercy: 14
9 “What 15 profit is there in taking my life, 16
in my descending into the Pit? 17
Can the dust of the grave 18 praise you?
Can it declare your loyalty? 19
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me!
O Lord, deliver me!” 20
11 Then you turned my lament into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy. 21
12 So now 22 my heart 23 will sing to you and not be silent;
O Lord my God, I will always 24 give thanks to you.
31 For the music director; a psalm of David.
In you, O Lord, I have taken shelter!
Never let me be humiliated!
Vindicate me by rescuing me! 1
2 Listen to me! 2
Quickly deliver me!
Be my protector and refuge, 3
a stronghold where I can be safe! 4
3 For you are my high ridge 5 and my stronghold;
for the sake of your own reputation 6 you lead me and guide me. 7
4 You will free me 8 from the net they hid for me,
for you are my place of refuge.
5 Into your hand I entrust my life; 9
you will rescue 10 me, O Lord, the faithful God.
6 I hate those who serve worthless idols, 11
but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be happy and rejoice in your faithfulness,
because you notice my pain
and you are aware of how distressed I am. 12
8 You do not deliver me over to the power of the enemy;
you enable me to stand 13 in a wide open place.
9 Have mercy on me, for I am in distress!
My eyes grow dim 14 from suffering. 15
I have lost my strength. 16
10 For my life nears its end in pain;
my years draw to a close as I groan. 17
My strength fails me because of 18 my sin,
and my bones become brittle. 19
11 Because of all my enemies, people disdain me; 20
my neighbors are appalled by my suffering 21 –
those who know me are horrified by my condition; 22
those who see me in the street run away from me.
12 I am forgotten, like a dead man no one thinks about; 23
I am regarded as worthless, like a broken jar. 24
13 For I hear what so many are saying, 25
the terrifying news that comes from every direction. 26
When they plot together against me,
they figure out how they can take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O Lord!
I declare, “You are my God!”
15 You determine my destiny! 27
Rescue me from the power of my enemies and those who chase me.
16 Smile 28 on your servant!
Deliver me because of your faithfulness!
17 O Lord, do not let me be humiliated,
for I call out to you!
May evil men be humiliated!
May they go wailing to the grave! 29
18 May lying lips be silenced –
lips 30 that speak defiantly against the innocent 31
with arrogance and contempt!
19 How great is your favor, 32
which you store up for your loyal followers! 33
In plain sight of everyone you bestow it on those who take shelter 34 in you. 35
20 You hide them with you, where they are safe from the attacks 36 of men; 37
you conceal them in a shelter, where they are safe from slanderous attacks. 38
21 The Lord deserves praise 39
for he demonstrated his amazing faithfulness to me when I was besieged by enemies. 40
22 I jumped to conclusions and said, 41
“I am cut off from your presence!” 42
But you heard my plea for mercy when I cried out to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you faithful followers 43 of his!
The Lord protects those who have integrity,
but he pays back in full the one who acts arrogantly. 44
24 Be strong and confident, 45
all you who wait on the Lord!