The Lord a Fortress in Adversity
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1In #Ps. 22:5You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
2#Ps. 17:6; 71:2; 86:1; 102:2Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
3#(Ps. 18:2)For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, #Ps. 23:3; 25:11for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
4Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
5#Luke 23:46Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of #(Deut. 32:4); Ps. 71:22truth.
6I have hated those #Jon. 2:8who regard useless idols;
But I trust in the Lord.
7I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,
For You have considered my trouble;
You have #(John 10:27)known my soul in adversities,
8And have not #(Deut. 32:30); Ps. 37:33shut me up into the hand of the enemy;
#(Ps. 4:1; 18:19)You have set my feet in a wide place.
9Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
#Ps. 6:7My eye wastes away with grief,
Yes, my soul and my body!
10For my life is spent with grief,
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away.
11#(Is. 53:4)I am a reproach among all my enemies,
But #Job 19:13; Ps. 38:11; 88:8, 18especially among my neighbors,
And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
#Ps. 64:8Those who see me outside flee from me.
12#Ps. 88:4, 5I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13#Ps. 50:20; Jer. 20:10For I hear the slander of many;
#Lam. 2:22Fear is on every side;
While they #Ps. 62:4; Matt. 27:1take counsel together against me,
They scheme to take away my life.
14But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15My times are in Your #(Job 14:5; 24:1)hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
16#Ps. 4:6; 80:3Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
17#Ps. 25:2, 20Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;
Let the wicked be ashamed;
#(1 Sam. 2:9); Ps. 94:17; 115:17Let them be silent in the grave.
18#Ps. 109:2; 120:2Let the lying lips be put to silence,
Which #(1 Sam. 2:3); Ps. 94:4; (Jude 15)speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
19#Ps. 145:7; (Rom. 2:4; 11:22)Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
20#(Ps. 27:5; 32:7)You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
#Job 5:21You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
From the strife of tongues.
21Blessed be the Lord,
For #(Ps. 17:7)He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
22For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.
23Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
24#(Ps. 27:14)Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.