Psalm 63

A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.


O God, you are my God, I seek you, my innermost being thirsts for you;

    My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land without water.

So I have looked on you in the sanctuary,

    beholding your power and your glory.

Because your loyalty is better than life,

    my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you during my lifetime,

    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

My innermost being is satisfied as with a rich feast,

    and my mouth praises you with lips that give a ringing cheer

when I remember you on my bed,

    and meditate about you in the watches of the night;

for you have been my helper,

    and in the shadow of your  wings I give a ringing cheer.

My innermost being clings to you,

    your right hand upholds me,

But those who seek to destroy my life

    shall go down into the depths of the earth;

they will hand them over to the power of the sword,

    they will become the prey of jackals.

But the king will rejoice in God;

    everyone who swears by God will offer praise,

    for the mouth of liars will be stopped.


2001 Ralph W. Klein