Main point summary
Cling to the Lord as your safety. He is able to hold you fast amidst the current of evil that will try to bring you down.
The Lord is my h light and my i salvation;
The Lord has saved me and lights my path,
j whom shall I fear?
So I will fear no one
The Lord is the stronghold 1 of my life;
The Lord protects my life
of whom shall I be afraid?
So I will fear no one
When evildoers assail me
When those who are against me attack me
to k eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes,
and swallow me up
it is they who stumble and fall.
they are the ones who get hurt.
l Though an army encamp against me,
Though an army may camp outside my house to make war against me
my heart shall not fear;
my heart doesn't fear
though war arise against me,
though armed conflict threatens me
yet 1 I will be confident.
I will remain full of faith.
m One thing have I asked of the Lord , that will I seek after:
I have asked the Lord one thing and I will only seek after this one thing...
that I may n dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
that I may dwell with the Lord in His home forever.
to gaze upon o the beauty of the Lord
so that I can behold his beauty
and to inquire 1 in his temple.
and worship him in truth in his temple
For he will p hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
because He shelters me in times of trouble
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he hides me underneath his tent
he will q lift me high upon a rock.
And now my r head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of s joy;
t I will sing and make melody to the Lord .
u Hear, O Lord , when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, v “Seek 1 my face.”
My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord , do I seek.” 2
w Hide not your face from me.
Don't hide your face from me
Turn not your servant away in anger,
Neither turn away in anger
O you who have been my help.
For you have been my help
Cast me not off;
Don't cast me off
forsake me not, x O God of my salvation!
or forsake me For you are the one who saved my life!
For y my father and my mother have forsaken me,
My father and mother have abandoned me,
but the Lord will z take me in.
but the Lord cares for me.
a Teach me your way, O Lord ,
and lead me on b a level path
because of my enemies.
c Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for d false witnesses have risen against me,
and they e breathe out violence.
I believe 1
that I shall look upon f the goodness of the Lord
in g the land of the living!
h Wait for the Lord ;
i be strong,
and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord !
"I have asked the Lord for one thing— this is what I desire!" (NET) It sounds like the author desires to follow God's command to seek His face
What does it mean to have confidence and letting my heart "take courage"? Given the earlier portion of the passage, the setting of this command to take courage is when under the attack of evil men... when I feel that I've been intentionally wronged, stolen from, slandered... I can be steadfast in my trust that the Lord is sovereign over both the people who have attacked me and the outcome of the situation. I can move forward with a patient disposition that doesn't necessitate fear,
Being strong.. - the ability to withstand a great amount of pressure