I did the Psalms a little different last year but didn’t like it quite as much, so I’m returning to the original format.
1O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
This one is attributed to David and the time that he spent running from Saul in the wilderness of Judah. This is the kind of psalm that speaks to me in the good times. It’s a beautiful poem that comes off as excited for life and for all the things that God can do for David or whoever it is that is reciting it. On the other hand, it probably wouldn’t be particularly helpful when feeling less than optimistic about life.
I know my study Bible mentions it as a song to gain hope, it just sounds to me like someone already comfortable with setting expectations for what God will do for them. I know that this is a thing because I’ve even felt that way before, but it’s not a common thing these days. I can see it easily turned into modern Christian music.