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