1The 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?2When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.4One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.5For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.6Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.7Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.8My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.9Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour.10Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.11Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.12Do not hand me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.13I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.14Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
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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)