An Exuberant Declaration of Faith

A Psalm of David.
  1The Lordis my light and my salvation;
   Whom shall I fear?
   The Lordis the strength of my life;
   Of whom shall I be afraid?
   2When the wicked came against me
   To eat up my flesh,
   My enemies and foes,
   They stumbled and fell.
   3Though an army may encamp against me,
   My heart shall not fear;
   Though war may rise against me,
   In this I will be confident.
  4One thing I have desired of the Lord,
   That will I seek:
   That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
   All the days of my life,
   To behold the beauty of the Lord,
   And to inquire in His temple.
   5For in the time of trouble
   He shall hide me in His pavilion;
   In the secret place of His tabernacle
   He shall hide me;
   He shall set me high upon a rock.
  6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
   Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
   I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
  7Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
   Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
   8When You said, “Seek My face,”
   My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
   9Do not hide Your face from me;
   Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
   You have been my help;
   Do not leave me nor forsake me,
   O God of my salvation.
   10When my father and my mother forsake me,
   Then the Lord will take care of me.
  11Teach me Your way, O Lord,
   And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
   12Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
   For false witnesses have risen against me,
   And such as breathe out violence.
   13I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
   That I would see the goodness of the Lord
   In the land of the living.
  14Wait on the Lord;
   Be of good courage,
   And He shall strengthen your heart;
   Wait, I say, on the Lord!