David praises the LORD for being a true and eternal Judge. He is worthy of the trust of people who are afflicted. David asks God to remove his affliction.
For the Chief Musician. Set to “The Death of the Son.” A Psalm by David.
VERSE 1. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart. I will tell of all your marvelous works.
I will give thanks to the LORD. David makes a choice. He draws a line in the sand. He chooses to praise God, to declare, to delight in God, to sing hymns. The tendency of our human nature is toward spiritual laziness. The things of God somehow slip to last priority. This can be overcome by a spoken resolve of the will.
VERSE 2. I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
VERSE 3. When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish in your presence.
my enemies turn back. That is, “My enemies turn away in retreat” (NLT translation).
VERSE 4. For you have maintained my just cause. You sit on the throne judging righteously.
you have maintained my just cause. That is, “you have judged in my favor” (NLT translation).
VERSE 5. You have rebuked the nations. You have destroyed the wicked. You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
VERSE 6. The enemy is overtaken by endless ruin. The very memory of the cities which you have overthrown has perished.
VERSE 7. But the LORD reigns forever. He has prepared his throne for judgment.
VERSE 8. He will judge the world in righteousness. He will administer judgment to the peoples in uprightness.
He will judge the world in righteousness. The LORD is a true and eternal Judge.
VERSE 9. The LORD will also be a high tower for the oppressed; a high tower in times of trouble.
a high tower for the oppressed. The LORD is worthy of the trust of people who are afflicted.
VERSE 10. Those who know your name will put their trust in you, for you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
VERSE 11. Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion, and declare among the people what he has done.
VERSE 12. For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn’t forget the cry of the afflicted.
VERSE 13. Have mercy on me, LORD. See my affliction by those who hate me, and lift me up from the gates of death;
VERSE 14. that I may show all of your praise. In the gates of the daughter of Zion, I will rejoice in your salvation.
VERSE 15. The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made. In the net which they hid, their own foot is taken.
VERSE 16. The LORD has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah.
VERSE 17. The wicked shall be turned back to Sheol,* even all the nations that forget God.
VERSE 18. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever.
VERSE 19. Arise, LORD! Don’t let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in your sight.
VERSE 20. Put them in fear, LORD. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.
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