1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
(The New American Standard version uses the word groaning in place of the King James use of the word meditation. I think the word groaning gives a better description of the cry of ones heart when crying out for salvation from the wicked or ones enemies.)
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. (An awesome verse to memorize!)
What a comfort to know as we yield in righteous obedience with our sin covered under the blood of Jesus Christ we can be assured He will compass us about as a with a shield of protection from our enemies… My prayer is that you go this day encompassed around about with the shield of His protection… God Bless…Judith