Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer— from lips free of deceit. Let my vindication come from you, for you see what is right. You have tested my heart; you have examined me at night. You have tried me and found nothing evil; I have determined that my mouth will not sin (vv. 1-3, CSB).
Oppose my opponents, Lord; fight those who fight me. Take your shields—large and small— and come to my aid. Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers, and assure me: “I am your deliverance (vv. 1-3).”
God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life. He will repay my adversaries or their evil. Because of your faithfulness, annihilate them (vv. 4-5).
When I think of you as I lie on my bed, I meditate on you during the night watches because you are my helper; I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. I follow close to you; your right hand holds on to me (vv. 6-8).
Feature image by Finn Hackshaw.