Longing for God
A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1O God, you are my God;
I will seek you diligently.
My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you
as in a dry and weary land without water.
2Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary,
beholding your strength and glory.
3Because your loyal love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4So I will bless you while I live.
I will lift up my hands#Hebrew “palms” in your name.
5My soul will be satisfied as with the best and richest food,
and with joyful lips my mouth will praise.
6When I remember you on my bed,
I meditate on you in the night watches.
7Because you have been my help,
therefore#Hebrew “and” in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8My soul clings to#Or “follows hard after” you;
your right hand upholds me.
9But as for them who seek my life for ruin,
they will go into the depths of the earth.
10They who would deliver him to the sword#Literally “pour him out to the hands of the sword”
will become a portion for jackals.
11However, the king will rejoice in God.
Everyone who swears an oath by him will boast,
because the mouth of the liars will be stopped.