161Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.
2I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
all the good things I have come from you.”
3How excellent are the LORD's faithful people!
My greatest pleasure is to be with them.
4Those who rush to other gods
bring many troubles on themselves.16.4 Probable text Those… themselves; Hebrew unclear.
I will not take part in their sacrifices;
I will not worship their gods.
5You, LORD, are all I have,
and you give me all I need;
my future is in your hands.
6How wonderful are your gifts to me;
how good they are!
7I praise the LORD, because he guides me,
and in the night my conscience warns me.
I am always aware of the LORD's presence;
he is near, and nothing can shake me.
9And so I am thankful and glad,
and I feel completely secure,
because you protect me from the power of death.
I have served you faithfully,
and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.
11You will show me the path that leads to life;
your presence fills me with joy
and brings me pleasure for ever.