1 Yahweh, I have come to you to ◄get refuge/be protected►;
never allow me to become ashamed because of being defeated.
2 Because you always do what is right, help me and rescue me;
listen to me, and save me!
3 Be like an overhanging rock [MET] under which I can be safe/protected;
be like a strong fortress in which I am safe [DOU].
You continually command (OR, Continually command) your angels to rescue me.
4 God, rescue me from wicked people,
from the power of unjust and evil men.
5 Yahweh, my Lord, you are the one whom I confidently expect to help me;
I have trusted in you since I was young.
6 I have depended on you all my life;
you have taken care of me [IDM] since the day that I was born,
so I will always praise you.
7 The manner in which I have conducted my life has been an example to many people,
because they realize that you have been my strong defender.
8 I praise you all day long,
and I proclaim that you are glorious/wonderful.
9 Now, when I have become an old man, do not reject/abandon me;
do not abandon me now, when I am not strong anymore.
10 My enemies say that they want to kill me;
they plan together how they can do that.
11 They say about me, “God has abandoned him;
so now we can pursue him and seize him,
because there is no one who will rescue him.”
12 God, do not stay far away from me;
hurry to help me!
13 Cause those who ◄accuse me/say that I have done things that are wrong► to be defeated and destroyed;
cause those who want to harm me to be shamed and disgraced.
14 But as for me, I will continually and confidently expect you to do great things for me,
and I will praise you more and more.
15 I will tell people that you do what is right;
all day long I will tell people how you have saved me,
although what you have done is more than I can fully understand.
16 Yahweh, my Lord, I will praise you for your mighty deeds;
I will proclaim that only you always act justly.
17 God, you have taught me many/those things ever since I was young,
and I still tell people about your wonderful deeds.
18 And now, God, when I am old and my hair is gray,
do not abandon me.
Stay with me while I continue to proclaim to my children and grandchildren [HYP] that you are very powerful!
19 God, you do many righteous deeds;
it is as though they extend up to the sky.
You have done great things;
there is no one like you [RHQ].
20 You have caused me to have many troubles and to suffer much,
but you will cause me to become strong again;
when I am almost dead [HYP], you will keep me alive.
21 You will cause me to be greatly honored
and you will encourage/comfort me again.
22 I will also praise you while I play my harp;
I will praise you, my God, for faithfully doing what you have promised to do.
I will play hymns to praise you, the holy God whom we Israelis worship.
23 I [SYN] will shout joyfully while I play the harp for you;
with my entire inner being I will sing
because you have rescued me.
24 All day long I will tell people that you act righteously,
because those who wanted to harm me will have been defeated and disgraced.