1The LORD is my light, and he saves me. Why should I fear anyone? The LORD is my place of safety. Why should I be afraid?2My enemies are evil. They will trip and fall when they attack me and try to swallow me up.3Even if an army attacks me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if war breaks out against me, I will still trust in God.4I’m asking the LORD for only one thing. Here is what I want. I want to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. I want to look at the beauty of the LORD. I want to worship him in his temple.5When I’m in trouble, he will keep me safe in his house. He will hide me in the safety of his holy tent. He will put me on a rock that is very high.6Then I will win the battle over my enemies who are all around me. At his holy tent I will offer my sacrifice with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the LORD.7LORD, hear my voice when I call out to you. Treat me with kindness and answer me.8My heart says, ‘Seek him!’ LORD, I will seek you.9Don’t turn your face away from me. Don’t turn me away because you are angry. You have helped me. God my Saviour, don’t say no to me. Don’t desert me.10My father and mother may desert me, but the LORD will accept me.11LORD, teach me your ways. Lead me along a straight path. There are many people who treat me badly.12My enemies want to harm me. So don’t turn me over to them. Witnesses who tell lies are rising up against me. They say all sorts of evil things about me.13Here is something I am still sure of. I will see the LORD’s goodness while I’m still alive.14Wait for the LORD. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the LORD.
English Standard Version
The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation
1Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Ex 15:2; Ps 23:4; Ps 84:11; Ps 118:14; Isa 12:2; Isa 60:20; Isa 62:11; Mic 7:8)2When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. (Ps 14:4)3Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. (Ps 3:6)4One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. (Ps 23:6; Ps 26:8; Ps 65:4; Ps 84:1; Ps 90:17; Lu 2:37)5For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. (Job 5:21; Ps 31:20; Ps 40:2; Ps 91:1; Isa 4:6)6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. (Nu 10:10; Ps 3:3; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)7Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! (Ps 30:10)8You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Ps 24:6; Ps 105:4)9Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! (Ps 24:5; Ps 69:17; Ps 102:2; Ps 143:7)10For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. (Isa 40:11; Isa 49:15; Isa 63:16)11Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. (Ps 5:8; Ps 25:4)12Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. (1Ki 21:13; Ps 35:11; Ps 41:2; Mt 26:59; Mr 14:55; Ac 9:1)13I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! (Ex 33:19; Job 28:13; Ps 52:5; Ps 116:9; Ps 142:5)14Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (De 31:7; Jos 1:6; Jos 1:9; Jos 1:18; Ps 31:24; Ps 37:34; Ps 62:5; Pr 20:22)