For the director of music. To the tune of "The Death of the Son." A psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.t
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.
Another well written Psalm by Dave! I particularly like verse 10... Dave is saying that those who know God trust Him, because He has never forsaken them.... This is a simple verse, yet it seems to mean so much... obviously to trust someone, it means that they have to have done nothing to betray your trust. God has done absolutely nothing to betray our trust, yet those who don't know Him blame Him for everything. Isn't it ridiculous how, when people are happy they say "I don't believe in God"... then moments later when they are low, they say "How could God do this to me?".... absolutely ridiculous!!! We humans, always want to blame someone else, and God is often the one that people blame. The truth is, God can stop incidents from occurring, but He often wants us to learn from them. He wants what is best for us... This is a fallen world, therefore we need pain... we need to learn the hard way. He wants us to be happy. God has NEVER forsaken us... EVER... although something has gotten me confused here as I am writing... this Psalm says, "for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you"... I do wonder if Dave is saying that God has forsaken those who don't seek Him. Forsaken means to abandon... is Dave saying that God has abandoned those who don't seek Him? I personally don't believe God has abandoned anyone, even those who don't seek Him. God loves us all. Hmmm what do you think about this?