God Is the Strength of My Heart
1A psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, to the pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet almost slipped. My steps nearly slid out from under me.
3For I envied the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no pains at their death, their body is healthy.
5They have none of humanity’s trouble, nor are they plagued like others.
6Therefore, they put on pride as a necklace, and violence wraps around them like a garment.
7Their eyes bulge out from fatness. The imaginations of their hearts run wild.
8They scoff and wickedly plan evil. From on high they threaten.
9They set their mouth against heaven. Their tongue struts through the earth.
10Therefore His people return here, while they drink their fill.
11So they say: “How does God know? And does Elyon have knowledge?”
12Behold, such are the wicked— always at ease and amassing wealth.
13Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure, and washed my hands in innocence.
14For all day I have been stricken, my chastisement comes every morning.
15If I had said: “I will speak thus,” surely I would have betrayed a generation of Your children.
16But when I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling in my eyes—
17until I entered the Sanctuary of God, and perceived their end.
18Surely You put them in slippery places. You hurled them down to destruction.
19How suddenly they became a ruin— terminated, consumed by terrors.
20Like a dream when one awakes, thus when You arise, my Lord, You will despise their form.
21When my heart was embittered and I was pierced in my heart,
22I was brutish and ignorant. I was like a beast before You.
23Yet I am continually with You. You hold my right hand.
24You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but You? On earth there is none I desire besides You.
26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27For behold, those far from You will perish. You put an end to all who like a harlot are unfaithful to You.
28But for me, it is good to be near God. I have made my Lord Adonai my refuge. So I will tell of all Your works.