Psalm 63

1    O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;  

my soul is athirst for you.

2    My flesh also faints for you,  

as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

3    So would I gaze upon you in your holy place,  

that I might behold your power and your glory.

4    Your loving-kindness is better than life itself  

and so my lips shall praise you.

5    I will bless you as long as I live  

and lift up my hands in your name.

6    My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness,  

and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,

7    When I remember you upon my bed  

and meditate on you in the watches of the night.

8    For you have been my helper  

and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.

9    My soul clings to you;  

your right hand shall hold me fast.

10  But those who seek my soul to destroy it  

shall go down to the depths of the earth;

11  Let them fall by the edge of the sword  

and become a portion for jackals.

12  But the king shall rejoice in God;

    all those who swear by him shall be glad,  

for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.


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