A Prayer for Help, and Joy in Its Answer
A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1To you, O Yahweh, I call.
O my rock, do not be deaf to me.
Or else, if you are silent to me,
then I will become like those descending to the pit.
2Hear the voice of my supplications
when I cry to you for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward your holy inner sanctuary.
3Do not drag me away with the wicked
or with the workers of evil,
who speak of peace with their neighbors,
while evil is in their heart.
4Give to them according to their work,
even according to the evil of their deeds.
Give to them according to the work of their hands;
repay them their rightful due.
5Because they do not regard the works of Yahweh,
nor the work of his hands,
he will destroy them
and not rebuild them.
6Blessed is Yahweh,
because he has heard the voice of my supplications.
7Yahweh is my strength and my shield.
My heart trusts him and I am helped.
So my heart rejoices,
and with my song I will give thanks to him.
8Yahweh is their strength,
and he is the refuge for the salvation of his anointed one.
9Save your people
and bless your heritage.
Shepherd them also and carry them always.