How Precious Your Thoughts!
1For the music director: a psalm of David. Adonai, You searched me and know me.
2Whenever I sit down or stand up, You know it. You discern my thinking from afar.
3You observe my journeying and my resting and You are familiar with all my ways.
4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, Adonai, You know all about it.
5You hemmed me in behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7Where can I go from Your Ruach? Where can I flee from Your presence?
8If I go up to heaven, You are there, and if I make my bed in Sheol, look, You are there too.
9If I take the wings of the dawn and settle on the other side of the sea,
10even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11If I say: “Surely darkness covers me, night keeps light at a distance from me,”
12even darkness is not dark for You, and night is as bright as day— darkness and light are alike.
13For You have created my conscience. You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise You, for I am awesomely, wonderfully made! Wonderful are Your works— and my soul knows that very well.
15My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw me when I was unformed, and in Your book were written the days that were formed— when not one of them had come to be.
17How precious are Your thoughts, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand! When I awake, I am still with You.
19If only You would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloody men!
20For they speak about You with wicked intent. Your enemies reproach You in vain.
21Do I not hate those who hate You, Adonai? Do I not loathe those who rise against You?
22I hate them with total hatred— I consider them my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart. Examine me, and know my anxious thoughts,
24and see if there be any offensive way within me, and lead me in the way everlasting.