For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David.
4:1 When I call out, answer me,
O God who vindicates me!2
Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place.3
Have mercy on me4 and respond to5 my prayer!
4:2 You men,6 how long will you try to turn my honor into shame?7
How long8 will you love what is worthless9
and search for what is deceptive?10 (Selah)
4:3 Realize that11 the Lord shows the godly special favor;12
the Lord responds13 when I cry out to him.
4:4 Tremble with fear and do not sin!14
Meditate as you lie in bed, and repent of your ways!15 (Selah)
4:5 Offer the prescribed sacrifices16
and trust in the Lord!17
4:6 Many say, “Who can show us anything good?”
Smile upon us, Lord!18
4:7 You make me happier19
than those who have abundant grain and wine.20
4:8 I will lie down and sleep peacefully,21
for you, Lord, make me safe and secure.22