Song for the Slandered Soul
A passionate song to the Lord To the tune of “Breaking the Curse of Cush, the Benjamite,” by King David
1Yahweh my God, I turn aside to hide my soul in you.
Save me from all those who pursue and persecute me.
2There is none to deliver me but you!
Don’t let my foes fall upon me like fierce lions with teeth bared.
Can’t you see how they want to rip me to shreds?
3Lord, my God, if I were doing evil things, that would be different,
for then I would be guilty, deserving all of this.
4If I have wronged someone at peace with me,
if I have betrayed a friend, repaying evil for good,
or if I have unjustly harmed my enemy,
5Then it would be right for you
to let my enemy pursue and overtake me.
In fact, let them grind me into the ground.
Let them take my life from me and drag my dignity in the dust!
Pause in his presence
6Now, Lord, let your anger arise against the anger of my enemies.
Awaken your fury and stand up for me!
Decree that justice be done against my foes.
7Gather all the people around you.
Return to your place on high to preside over them
and once more occupy the throne of judgment.
8You are the Exalted One who judges the people,
so vindicate me publicly and restore my honor and integrity.
Before all the people declare me innocent.
9Once and for all, end the evil tactics of the wicked!
Reward and prosper the cause of the righteous,
for you are the righteous God, the soul searcher,
who looks deep into every heart
to examine the thoughts and motives.
10God, your wrap-around presence
is my protection and my defense.
You bring victory to all who reach out for you.
11Righteousness is revealed every time you judge.
Because of the strength of your forgiveness,
your anger does not break out every day,
even though you are a righteous judge.
12-13Yet if the wicked do not repent,
you will not relent with your wrath,
slaying them with your shining sword.
You are the conqueror with an arsenal of lethal weapons
that you’ve prepared for them.
You have bent and strung your bow,
making your judgment-arrows shafts of burning fire.
14-15Look how the wicked conceive their evil schemes.
They go into labor with their lies and give birth to trouble.
They dig a pit for others to fall into,
not knowing that they will be the very ones
who will fall into their own pit of failure.
16For you, God, will see to it that every pit-digger
who works to trap and harm others
will be trapped and harmed by his own treachery.
17But I will give all my thanks to you, Lord,
for you make everything right in the end.
I will sing my highest praise to the God of the Highest Place!