A Psalm of David when he was hiding in the wilderness of Judea
"O God, my God! How I search for you! How I thirst for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. How I long to find you! How I wish I could go into your sanctuary to see your strength and glory, for your love and kindness are better to me than life itself. How I praise you! I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. At last I shall be fully satisfied; I will praise you with great joy.
"I lie awake at night thinking of you--of how much you have helped me--and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings. I follow close behind you, protected by your strong right arm. But those plotting to destroy me shall go down to the depths of hell. They are doomed to die by the sword, to become the food of jackals. But I will rejoice in God. All who trust in him exult, while liars shall be silenced."
"Lord, listen to my complaint: Oh, preserve my life from the conspiracy of these wicked men, these gangs of criminals. They cut me down with sharpened tongues; they aim their bitter words like arrows straight at my heart. They shoot from ambush at the innocent. Suddenly the deed is done, yet they are not afraid. They encourage each other to do evil. They meet in secret to set their traps. He will never notice them here, they say. They keep a sharp lookout for opportunities of crime. They spend long hours with all their endless evil thoughts and plans.
"But God himself will shoot them down. Suddenly his arrow will pierce them. They will stagger backward, destroyed by those they spoke against. All who see it happening will scoff at them. Then everyone shall stand in awe and confess the greatness of the miracles of God; at last they will realize what amazing things he does. And the godly shall rejoice in the Lord, and trust and praise him."
Note from ERM: I am greatly indebted to my dearly beloved daughter, Doris Ann, for bringing to my attention Psalms 63 and 64. . .Yes, Doris, thank you so very much, and rest assured that I do trust in God always, and I know that I am protected by His "strong right arm."