The Refuge of the Righteous
For the choir director: with the flutes. A Davidic psalm.
1.) Listen to my words, Lord;
consider my sighing.
2.) Pay attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for I pray to You.
3.) At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice;
at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.
4.) For You are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil cannot dwell with You.
5.) The boastful cannot stand in Your presence;
You hate all evildoers.
6.) You destroy those who tell lies;
the Lord abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery.
7.) But I enter Your house
by the abundance of Your faithful love;
I bow down toward Your holy temple
in reverential awe of You.
8.) Lord, lead me in Your righteousness
because of my adversaries;
make Your way straight before me.
9.) For there is nothing reliable in what they say;
destruction is within them;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongues.
10.) Punish them, God;
let them fall by their own schemes.
Drive them out because of their many crimes,
for they rebel against You.
11.) But let all who take refuge in You rejoice;
let them shout for joy forever.
May You shelter them,
and may those who love Your name boast about You.
12.) For You, Lord, bless the righteous one;
You surround him with favor like a shield.