1 Yahweh, I flee-for-protection in you. [Guard me] forever. Keep [my enemies] from shaming [me]. ’Insurance‘ policies are the world's counterfeit of the assurance that comes from true faith.
2[In] your justice, snatch me [away from my attackers]. Help me escape. Bend [down] your ear to [hear] my [prayers]. Save me.
3 Be my cliffside stronghold, where I can always retreat. Give [your angels the] command to save me. You're my rock, my fortress.
4[Please,] my Elohim, deliver me out of the fist of all wicked [beings], out of the hand of distorted, acid-hearted [man].
5Adonai Yahweh, you're my rope [of hope]. Since my youth, you've [remained] my refuge.
6 From the womb, you've been the [only] one propping me [up]. You're the one who popped me out of my mother's belly. [That's why] I continually [bust out in wild improvised songs to] acclaim your [greatness]. Not mere ‘praise’ but: #8416 thillah teh-hil-law'.
7 You, my majestic shelter, [continually make my life] a wonder. Billions [of people marvel at the feats you do to keep me alive].
8 All day, [every day,] you fill my mouth with songs raving about your sparkling [glory].
9 Don't hurl me off in [my] time of old age. Don't forsake me when my strength fails.
10 My enemies hiss [threats] against me. They conspire together. They lie in ambush, [panting] to [snuff out] my life-breath.
11 The [terrorists] whisper, ‘Elohim has forsaken him. Chase him down. Grab him. [Take him out into the desert. Smash his head with a boulder.] No one's gonna' rescue him.’
12Elohim, stay close to me! Rush to help me, my Sovereign! Hurry!
13 Shame and consume the [demons] who attack my life-breath. Bury them in ruin and dishonor for seeking my hurt.
Praise Will Get You Through Life's Nasty Pain
14 Waiting [for your help, I pass the time] by continually applauding you with more and more [wild spontaneous songs]. thillah = bursts of wild, clear, improvised clapping praise-song.
15 All day my mouth proclaims your justice, recounting [the limitless ways you] set us [believers] free.
16 😇, I go [through life] on the power of my Adonai Yahweh. I commemorate his incomparable [moral] integrity.
17Elohim, since my youth you've continued to teach me [the secrets of life]. So since childhood I've told [everyone] about your marvelous [miracles].
18[Yahweh,] Never forsake me. [Sustain me] through my gray-haired old age. I [want to] reveal your power-arm to [every new] generation, to [demonstrate] your mastery to all [people] yet to rise [from earth's dust].
19Elohim, you worker of colossal [miracles], your ethical [stature] towers above [all] heavens. Who compares to you? [No one!]
King David Predicts The Resurrection
20*You [repeatedly drag] me through heavy, painful death-squeezes. But you [always] revive my [dead bones]. [So I know that after I die,] you'll beam me up from the depths of the earth.
21 You'll multiply my majesty. You'll surround me with your sighing [voice of comfort].
Throw Your Full Energy & Creativity At Praise
22 So I keep on throwing my hands in the air [to thank you], Israel's Holy One. I [sing anthems celebrating] your faithfulness. I thwack percussion and drums and twang harps [and guitars to draw attention to you].
23 My lips [always] jump for joy when I strike [guitar strings, serenading] you. You redeem my life-breath.
24 My tongue keeps talking about your righteousness all day long. I [rave] about how you shame and confuse the [jerks] who seek my hurt.