A Night Prayer

For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic psalm.

1 Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me.a You freed me from affliction;b be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
2 How long, exalted men, will my honor be insulted? [How long] will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie? Selah
3 Know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.
4 Be angryc and do not sin;d on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still.e Selah
5 Offer sacrifices in righteousnessf and trust in the Lord.
6 Many are saying, "Who can show us anything good?" Look on us with favor, Lord.g
7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound.
8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.h