How Great Is Your Goodness
For the Pure and Shining One
A song of poetic praise by King David
1I trust you, Lord, to be my hiding place.
Don’t let me down.
Don’t let my enemies bring me to shame.
Come and rescue me, for you are the only God
who always does what is right.
2Rescue me quickly when I cry out to you.
At the sound of my prayer may your ear be turned to me.
Be my strong shelter and hiding place on high.
Pull me into victory and breakthrough.
3-4For you are my high fortress, where I’m kept safe.
You are to me a stronghold of salvation.
When you deliver me out of this peril,
it will bring glory to your name.
As you guide me forth I’ll be kept safe
from the hidden snares of the enemy—
the secret traps that lie before me—
for you have become my rock of strength.
5Into your hands I now entrust my spirit. # 31:5 This was quoted by Jesus as he was dying on the cross. See Matt. 27:50.
O Lord, the God of faithfulness,
you have rescued and redeemed me.
6I despise these deceptive illusions,
all this pretense and nonsense,
for I worship only you.
7In mercy you have seen my troubles, and you have cared for me;
even during this crisis in my soul I will be radiant with joy,
filled with praise for your love and mercy.
8You have kept me from being conquered by my enemy;
you broke open the way to bring me to freedom, # 31:8 This is a picture of the stone rolled away from the tomb of Jesus.
into a beautiful, broad place. # 31:8 This could be the throne room where Jesus ascended after his death.
9O Lord, help me again! Keep showing me such mercy.
For I am in anguish, always in tears,
and I’m worn out with weeping.
I’m becoming old because of grief; my health is broken.
10I’m exhausted! My life is spent with sorrow,
my years with sighing and sadness.
Because of all these troubles, I have no more strength.
My inner being # 31:10 The Hebrew text reads “My bones grow weak.” Bones in the Bible are symbols of our inner being. is so weak and frail.
11My enemies say, “You are nothing!”
Even my friends and neighbors hold me in contempt!
They dread seeing me,
and they look the other way when I pass by.
12I am totally forgotten, buried away like a dead man,
discarded like a broken dish thrown in the trash.
13I overheard their whispered threats, the slander of my enemies.
I’m terrified as they plot and scheme to take my life.
14I’m desperate, Lord! I throw myself upon you,
for you alone are my God!
15My life, my every moment, my destiny—it’s all in your hands.
So I know you can deliver me
from those who persecute me relentlessly.
16Smile # 31:16 Or “Cause your face to shine.” on me, your servant.
Let your undying love and glorious grace
save me from all this gloom.
17As I call upon you, let my shame and disgrace
be replaced by your favor once again.
But let shame and disgrace fall instead upon the wicked—
those going to their own doom,
drifting down in silence to the dust of death.
18At last their lying lips will be muted in their graves.
For they are arrogant, filled with contempt and conceit
as they speak against the godly.
19Lord, how wonderful you are!
You have stored up so many good things for us,
like a treasure chest heaped up and spilling over with blessings—
all for those who honor and worship you!
Everybody knows what you can do
for those who turn and hide themselves in you.
20So hide all your beloved ones
in the sheltered, secret place before your face.
Overshadow them with your glory-presence.
Keep them from these accusations, the brutal insults of evil men.
Tuck them safely away in the tabernacle where you dwell.
21The name of the Lord is blessed and lifted high!
For his marvelous miracle of mercy protected me
when I was overwhelmed by my enemies.
22I spoke hastily when I said, “The Lord has deserted me.”
For in truth, you did hear my prayer and came to rescue me.
23Listen to me, all you godly ones: Love the Lord with passion!
The Lord protects and preserves all those who are loyal to him.
But he pays back in full all those who reject him in their pride.
24So cheer up! Take courage, all you who love him.
Wait for him to break through for you, all who trust in him!