To the director. A melody of David.
31 In you, O Jehovah, I have taken refuge.+
May I never be put to shame.+
Rescue me because of your righteousness.+
2 Incline your ear to me.
Come quickly to my rescue.+
Become for me a mountain stronghold,
A fortified place to save me.+
3 For you are my crag and my stronghold;+
For the sake of your name,+ you will lead me and guide me.+
4 You will free me from the net that they have secretly laid for me,+
For you are my fortress.+
5 Into your hand I entrust my spirit.+
You have redeemed me, O Jehovah, the God of truth.+
6 I hate those who are devoted to worthless, vain idols,
But as for me, I trust in Jehovah.
7 I will rejoice greatly in your loyal love,
For you have seen my affliction;+
You are aware of my deep distress.
8 You have not handed me over to the enemy,
But you make me stand in a place of safety.
9 Show me favor, O Jehovah, for I am in distress.
Anguish has made my eyes weak,+ my whole body as well.+
10 My life is consumed with grief+
And my years with groaning.+
My strength is waning because of my error;
My bones grow weak.+
11 I am scorned by all my adversaries,+
Especially my neighbors.
And I am dreaded by my acquaintances;
When they see me in public, they flee from me.+
12 I am put out of their heart and forgotten, as if I were dead;
I am like a broken jar.
13 I have heard many evil rumors;
Terror surrounds me.+
When they gather together as one against me,
They scheme to take away my life.+
14 But I trust in you, O Jehovah.+
I declare: “You are my God.”+
15 My days are in your hand.
Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those persecuting me.+
16 Make your face shine upon your servant.+
Save me by your loyal love.
17 O Jehovah, may I not be put to shame when I call on you.+
May the wicked be put to shame;+
May they be silenced in the Grave.+
18 May lying lips become speechless,+
Lips that speak arrogantly against the righteous, with haughtiness and contempt.
19 How abundant your goodness is!+
You have stored it up for those who fear you,+
And you have shown it before all men, in behalf of those taking refuge in you.+
20 You will conceal them in the secret place of your presence+
From the schemes of men;
You will hide them in your shelter
From malicious attacks.+
21 May Jehovah be praised,
For in a wonderful way, he has shown his loyal love to me+ in a besieged city.+
22 As for me, I panicked and said:
“I will perish from before you.”+
But you heard my pleas for help when I cried out to you.+
23 Love Jehovah, all you who are loyal to him!+
Jehovah protects the faithful,+
But he repays exceedingly anyone showing haughtiness.+
24 Be courageous, and may your heart be strong,+
All you who are waiting for Jehovah.+