1 By David. The Lord delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The Lord protects my life! I am afraid of no one! 2 When evil men attack me to devour my flesh, when my adversaries and enemies attack me, they stumble and fall. 3 Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident.
4 I have asked the Lord for one thing -- this is what I desire! I want to live in the Lord's house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple. 5 He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; he will hide me in his home; he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit. 6 Now I will triumph over my enemies who surround me! I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy! I will sing praises to the Lord!
7 Hear me, O Lord, when I cry out! Have mercy on me and answer me! 8 My heart tells me to pray to you, and I do pray to you, O Lord. 9 Do not reject me! Do not push your servant away in anger! You are my deliverer! Do not forsake or abandon me, O God who vindicates me! 10 Even if my father and mother abandoned me, the Lord would take me in.
11 Teach me how you want me to live; lead me along a level path because of those who wait to ambush me! 12 Do not turn me over to my enemies, for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me.