For the music director. Of David.
1 O Lord, you’ve searched me; you know me,
2 And you know when I sit and when
I rise, and you perceive my thoughts
From far away; 3 you know when I
Go out, when I lie down; you are
Familiar with my ways; 4 before
A word is on my tongue you know
Exactly what it is, O Lord.
5 You hem me in behind, in front;
You’ve laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful
For me; too lofty for my reach.
7 Where can I travel from your Spirit?
Where can I hurry from your presence?
8 If I go to the heavens, you
Are there; and if I make my bed
Down in the depths, you’re there, 9 and if
I rise on dawn’s wings; if I settle
Over upon the seas’ far side,
10 Even there will your right hand guide me;
Your right hand will keep me secure.
11 If I say, “Surely darkness will
Conceal me and the light become
The night around me,” 12 even darkness
Will not be dark to you; the night
Will shine like day, for darkness is
As light to you, 13 for you created
My inmost being; you knit me
Together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, as I’m fearfully
And wonderfully made; your works
Are wonderful, I know full well.
15 My frame was not concealed from you
Inside the secret place when I
Was made; when in earth’s depths I was
Woven together, 16 and your eyes
Observed my unformed body; all days
Ordained for me were written in
Your book before a single one
Took place; 17 how precious to me are
Your thoughts, O God. Uncountable,
The sum of them. 18 If I could count
Them, they’d outnumber grains of sand.
When I awake, I’m still with you.
19 Oh God, if only you would kill
The wicked. Get away from me,
Bloodthirsty men. 20 They speak of you
With bad intent; your enemies
Misuse your name; 21 do I not hate
Those who despise you, Lord, abhorring
Those who rise up against you? 22 I’ve
Nothing but hatred for them; I count
Them as my enemies; 23 search me,
O Lord, and know my heart; test me
And know my anxious thoughts; 24 see if
My heart and soul have gone astray
And lead me in th’eternal way.