King David sends this song to the Levites
to use in worship, to be accompanied by lyres.
David prays to God to help him govern well;
for God to be merciful and faithful,
and to make a spacious place for him.
“Give me some space, God, from
the pressures of kingship!” he prays.
The people in the kingdom blame David for local catastrophes.
David tells them, “Sure this happened on my watch, but it’s not my fault.
You people should pray about this!
Be careful that your sin hasn’t brought this upon us all!”
David goes on to pray, “Make your Face shine upon us, O LORD.
This makes us happier even that having enough to eat and drink!
Please send me restful sleep and protect me.”
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
Answer me when I call to you,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
Be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
How long, o men, will you turn
My glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions
And seek false gods? Selah.
Know that the LORD has set
Apart the godly for himself.
The LORD will hear when I call to him.
In your anger, do not sin;
When you are on your beds,
Search your hearts and be silent. Selah.
Offer right sacrifices
And trust in the LORD.
Many are asking, “Who can show
Us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine
Upon us, o LORD.
You have filled my heart with
That when their grain and
New wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
For you alone O LORD,
Make me dwell in safety.