1O Lord, my God, in You I refuge take,
Save me from those who would pursue my life.
2Like a strong lion they would tear and shake,
Leaving no help in all my painful strife.
3If, Lord my God, I’m guilty in Your sight,
If there is guilt and sin upon my hand,
4If I’ve robbed friends, or evil done in spite,
5May my life be cast down at Your command.
6Arise, O Lord, in anger right and mete,
Your fury rage against my enemies;
7Awake, my God, rise to Your judgment seat,
Let the assembly know of Your decrees.
8The righteous Lord, He judges all the earth;
Judge me, O Lord, by my own righteousness.
Vindicate me and judge me by my worth,
According to my life of faithfulness.
9O God, you search the minds and hearts of men,
You end the violence of the wicked ones;
Oh, bring all sin to its appointed end!
And do establish all Your righteous ones.
10My shield is God who saves those in the right;
11He is indignant o’er the sins of men.
12If we won’t turn, His sword is raised to fight;
His bow is bent, and poised to strike again.
13He has prepared his deadly weapons now;
He makes His arrows with their fiery shafts.
14The wicked man conceives an evil vow,
Bringing to birth those sins and lies he crafts!
15He digs a pit and makes it big and round,
But he falls in the pit that he has made.
16His mischief turns, upon him does rebound;
Violence comes down on him and he’s betrayed.
17I will give thanks which to the Lord is due;
His righteousness is over everything;
I will sing praises to the Name most true —
The Lord Most High, His glories I will sing.