For the music leader. According to Muth-labben. A psalm of David.
1I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will talk about all your wonderful acts.
2I will celebrate and rejoice in you;
I will sing praises to your name, Most High.
3When my enemies turn and retreat,
they fall down and die right in front of you
4because you have established justice
for me and my claim,
because you rule from the throne,
establishing justice rightly.
5You’ve denounced the nations,
destroyed the wicked.
You’ve erased their names for all time.
6Every enemy is wiped out,
like something ruined forever.
You’ve torn down their cities—
even the memory of them is dead.
7But the Lord rules forever!
He assumes his throne
for the sake of justice.
8He will establish justice in the world rightly;
he will judge all people fairly.
9The Lord is a safe place for the oppressed—
a safe place in difficult times.
10Those who know your name trust you
because you have not abandoned
any who seek you, Lord.
11Sing praises to the Lord, who lives in Zion!
Proclaim his mighty acts among all people!
12Because the one who avenges bloodshed
remembers those who suffer;
the Lord hasn’t forgotten their cries for help.
13Have mercy on me, Lord!
Just look how I suffer
because of those who hate me.
But you are the one who brings me back
from the very gates of death
14so I can declare all your praises,
so I can rejoice in your salvation
in the gates of Daughter Zion.
15The nations have fallen
into the hole they themselves made!
Their feet are caught
in the very net they themselves hid!
16The Lord is famous for the justice he has done;
it’s his own doing that the wicked are trapped. Higgayon.#Heb uncertain; or recitation (see Pss 1:2; 19:14) or melody (see Ps 92:3). Selah
17Let the wicked go straight to the grave,#Heb Sheol
the same for every nation that forgets God.
18Because the poor won’t be forgotten forever,
the hope of those who suffer won’t be lost for all time.
19Get up, Lord! Don’t let people prevail!
Let the nations be judged before you.
20Strike them with fear, Lord.
Let the nations know they are only human. Selah