For the music director; a psalm of David.
31:1 In you, O Lord, I have taken shelter!
Never let me be humiliated!
Vindicate me by rescuing me!2
31:2 Listen to me!3
Quickly deliver me!
Be my protector and refuge,4
a stronghold where I can be safe!5
31:3 For you are my high ridge6 and my stronghold;
for the sake of your own reputation7 you lead me and guide me.8
31:4 You will free me9 from the net they hid for me,
for you are my place of refuge.
31:5 Into your hand I entrust my life;10
you will rescue11 me, O Lord, the faithful God.
31:6 I hate those who serve worthless idols,12
but I trust in the Lord.
31:7 I will be happy and rejoice in your faithfulness,
because you notice my pain
and you are aware of how distressed I am.13
31:8 You do not deliver me over to the power of the enemy;
you enable me to stand14 in a wide open place.
31:9 Have mercy on me, for I am in distress!
My eyes grow dim15 from suffering.16
I have lost my strength.17
31:10 For my life nears its end in pain;
my years draw to a close as I groan.18
My strength fails me because of19 my sin,
and my bones become brittle.20
31:11 Because of all my enemies, people disdain me;21
my neighbors are appalled by my suffering22 –
those who know me are horrified by my condition;23
those who see me in the street run away from me.
31:12 I am forgotten, like a dead man no one thinks about;24
I am regarded as worthless, like a broken jar.25
31:13 For I hear what so many are saying,26
the terrifying news that comes from every direction.27
When they plot together against me,
they figure out how they can take my life.
31:14 But I trust in you, O Lord!
I declare, “You are my God!”
31:15 You determine my destiny!28
Rescue me from the power of my enemies and those who chase me.
31:16 Smile29 on your servant!
Deliver me because of your faithfulness!
31:17 O Lord, do not let me be humiliated,
for I call out to you!
May evil men be humiliated!
May they go wailing to the grave!30
31:18 May lying lips be silenced –
lips31 that speak defiantly against the innocent32
with arrogance and contempt!
31:19 How great is your favor,33
which you store up for your loyal followers!34
In plain sight of everyone you bestow it on those who take shelter35 in you.36
31:20 You hide them with you, where they are safe from the attacks37 of men;38
you conceal them in a shelter, where they are safe from slanderous attacks.39
31:21 The Lord deserves praise40
for he demonstrated his amazing faithfulness to me when I was besieged by enemies.41
31:22 I jumped to conclusions and said,42
“I am cut off from your presence!”43
But you heard my plea for mercy when I cried out to you for help.
31:23 Love the Lord, all you faithful followers44 of his!
The Lord protects those who have integrity,
but he pays back in full the one who acts arrogantly.45
31:24 Be strong and confident,46
all you who wait on the Lord!