Song of the Steadfast
For the Pure and Shining One, by King David
1-2Lord, don’t you hear
what my well-meaning friends keep saying to me:
“Run away while you can!
Fly away like a bird to hide in the mountains for safety.
For your enemies have prepared a trap for you!
They plan to destroy you with their slander and deceitful lies.
Can’t you see them hiding
in their place of darkness and shadows?
They’re set against you and all those who live upright lives.”
But don’t they know, Lord,
that I have made you my only hiding place?
Don’t they know that I always trust in you?
3What can the righteous accomplish
when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse?
4Yet the Eternal One is never shaken—
he is still found in his temple of holiness,
reigning as Lord and King over all.
He is closely watching everything that happens.
And with a glance, his eyes examine every heart.
For his heavenly rule will prevail over all.
5He will test both the righteous and the wicked,
exposing each heart.
God’s very soul detests those who love to resort to violence.
6He will rain down upon them judgment for their sins.
A scorching wind will be their portion and lot in life.
7But remember this: the Righteous Lord loves
what is right and just, and every godly one
will come into his presence and gaze upon his face!