K3 R1 1,2. Assurance. S1 3. Reason for praise. R2 4-6. Assurance. S2 7. Reason for praise. R3 8-10. Assurance. [Enemies.] S3 11-. Reason for praise. R4 -11. Assurance. [Enemies.]
(See 1 Sam. 22:5; 23:14-16.)
about 964 B.C.
1 O God, You are my GOD (El); early will I seek You:
I myself thirsts for You, my flesh faints for You
In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see Your power and Your glory,
So as I have seen You in the sanctuary.
3 Because Your grace is better than life,
My lips shall commend (or extol) You. (Used only by David and Solomon.)
4 Thus will I bless You while I live:
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips:
6 When I remember You upon my bed,
And [I will] meditate on Your in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice (or rest).
8 My soul [cleaves to and] follows hard after You:
You right hand upholds me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, (as Ahithophel did [2 Sam. 17:1-3].)
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth. (I.e. Sheol.)
10 They shall fall by the sword:
They shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
Every one that swears by Him shall glory:
But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.