My Hope When I Am Gray
1In You, Adonai, have I taken refuge. Let me never be ashamed.
2Deliver me and rescue me in Your justice. Turn Your ear to me and save me.
3Be to me a sheltering rock where I may always go. Give the command to save me— for You are my rock and my fortress.
4My God, rescue me out of the hand of the wicked, out of the grasp of an evil, ruthless man.
5For You are my hope, Adonai my Lord— my trust from my youth.
6From my birth I have leaned on You. You took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise is always about You.
7I am like an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge.
8My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day.
9Do not cast me away in the time of old age. When my strength fails, do not forsake me.
10For my enemies speak against me. Those who watch for my soul conspire together,
11saying: “God has forsaken him— Pursue and take him, for no one will deliver.”
12O God, be not far from me! My God, come quickly to help me.
13Let the accusers of my soul be disgraced and destroyed. Let those who seek to harm me be covered with scorn and confusion.
14But I—I will hope continually and will praise You more and more.
15My mouth will recount Your justice and Your salvation all day, though I do not know the sum of them.
16I come because of the mighty deeds of Adonai my Lord. I will remember Your righteousness —Yours alone.
17God, You taught me from my youth, and I still keep declaring Your wonders.
18So even until I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, till I tell of Your strong arm to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.
19For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to high heaven. You have done great things— O God, who is like You?
20You made me see many troubles and evils —You will revive me again— from the depths of the earth You will bring me up again.
21You will increase my greatness, and comfort me once again.
22So I will praise You with the harp for your truth, O my God. I will sing praises to You with the lyre O Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will shout for joy —when I sing praises to You— and my soul, which You have redeemed.
24Also my tongue will tell of Your righteousness all day. For those who seek my hurt have been put to shame and confusion.