1 [A Psalm of David: when he was in the wilderness of Judah.] O God, you are my God. Early I will seek you. My soul thirsts for you. My flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
2 Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary, seeing your power and your glory.
3 Because your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.
4 Thus I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
6 When I remember you upon my bed and meditate on you in the night watches.
7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows hard after you. Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek my soul to destroy it shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword. They shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God. Everyone who swears by him shall glory. But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
John Calvin's Chapter Summary:
The following psalm cannot so properly be said to consist of prayers as of a variety of pious meditations, which comforted the mind of David under dangers, anxieties, and troubles of a severe description. It contains the vows too which he made to God in the distress occasioned by the alarming circumstances in which he was placed.