1 The Lord my light and safety is:
who shall make me dismayed?
The Lord is of my life the strength:
who shall make me afraid?
2 For when my spiteful enemies
me to devour drew near;
To stumble and fall down at once
by Him they forced were.
3 Against me though an host encamp,
my heart undaunted is:
If war against me should arise,
I am secure in this;
4 One thing I asked of the Lord,
which still I will request;
That in the Lord's house all my days
I happily may rest;
That I the beauty of the Lord
may view, and there admire;
And in his holy temple may
5 For He in his pavilion will
me hide in evil days;
In secret of his tent me hide,
And on a rock me raise:
6 Moreover at this time my head
on high shall lifted be,
Above my numerous enemies,
who round encompass me.
Therefore a sacrifice of joy,
and shouting I will bring
Into his tent; and sing aloud,
praise to Jehovah sing.
7 While with my earnest voice I cry,
me O Jehovah hear;
O have thou mercy upon me,
and to me give thine ear.
8 When Thou to seek thy blessed face,
me kindly dost advise;
Thy blessed face, Lord, I will seek,
my grateful heart replies.
9 O hide not thou thy countenance,
away from me therefore;
Thy servant put thou not away
in thy displeasure sore.
My helper thou hast ever been,
do not from me depart;
Nor me forsake, for thou the God
of my salvation art.
10 My father and my mother both,
though they from me remove;
Yet then the Lord will take me up,
and a kind father prove.
11 Jehovah teach thou me thy way,
and be a guide to me,
In righteous paths, because of those
who watch my faults to see.
12 O give me not up to their will,
who are mine enemies:
Against me rise false witnesses,
who breathe out cruelties.
13 I should have fainted, had not I
believed that I should see,
E'en in the land of living ones
the Lord's benignity.
14 Wait on the Lord, courageous be;
and He will strength afford
To thy faint heart: I say again,
wait still upon the Lord.
The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, 1758