A song of David.
1 LORD, you are my Rock.
I am calling to you for help.
Don’t close your ears to my prayers.
If you don’t answer me,
I will be counted among the dead.
2 I lift my hands and pray toward your Most Holy Place.
Hear me when I call to you.
Show mercy to me.
3 Don’t treat me like the evil people
who do wicked things.
They greet their neighbors like friends,
but secretly plan to hurt them.
4 They do bad things to others,
so make bad things happen to them.
Give them the punishment they deserve.
5 They don’t notice what the LORD does.
They ignore all the good things he has made.
So instead of building them up,
he will destroy them.
6 Praise the LORD!
He has heard my prayer for mercy.
7 The LORD is my strength and shield.
I trusted him with all my heart.
He helped me, so I am happy.
I sing songs of praise to him.
8 The LORD protects his chosen one.* his chosen one Or “his anointed one.” This might be anyone God chose to serve in a special way, but it is usually the king he has chosen.
He saves him and gives him strength.
9 Save your people.
Bless those who belong to you.
Lead them and honor them† honor them Or “forgive them.” Literally, “lift them up.” forever.
*28:8 his chosen one Or “his anointed one.” This might be anyone God chose to serve in a special way, but it is usually the king he has chosen.
†28:9 honor them Or “forgive them.” Literally, “lift them up.”