1I cry out to you, Lord.
You are my rock; don’t refuse to hear me.
If you won’t talk to me,
I’ll be just like those going down to the pit.
2Listen to my request for mercy when I cry out to you,
when I lift up my hands to your holy inner sanctuary.
3Don’t drag me off with the wicked and those who do evil;
the type who talk nice to their friends
while evil thoughts are in their hearts!
4Pay them back for what they’ve done!
Pay them back for their evil deeds!
Pay them back for their handiwork!
Give back to them exactly what they deserve!
5Because they have no regard for what the Lord has done,
no regard for his handiwork,
God will tear them down and never rebuild!
6Bless the Lord
because he has listened to my request for mercy!
7The Lord is my strength and my shield.
My heart trusts him.
I was helped, my heart rejoiced,
and I thank him with my song.
8The Lord is his people’s strength;
he is a fortress of protection for his anointed one.
9Save your people, God!
Bless your possession!
Shepherd them and carry them for all time!