- A psalm of David. Note to music leader: use stringed instruments. Use a low octave.1
I hurt all over
- 1 LORD, please don’t get mad and chew me out.
Don’t punish me in a rage.
- 2 Be kind, LORD, because I’m sick.
Heal me, LORD, for I hurt all over.
- 3 I’m deeply discouraged and depressed.
LORD, how much longer?
- 4 Come back, LORD. Rescue me.
Show me your loving mercy. Save me.
- 5 Who can talk about you when they’re dead?
Is any corpse in the grave praising you?
I soaked the bed with tears
- 6 I’ve moaned myself to exhaustion.
Every night I soak the bed with tears.
I soak it from all my sobbing.
- 7 My eyes are worn out from crying.
I’m going blind because of my enemies.
- 8 Just get away from me, you wicked people.
The LORD has heard me crying.
- 9 The LORD has heard my prayers
The LORD approves of what I said.
- 10 My enemies are in for a shameful shock.
They’re going to back off, back down in shame.
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. And the possible byline “of David,” isn’t necessarily a byline. The vague phrase could mean the song was written by David, about David, or was inspired by David. Almost half of the psalms are attributed to David in this way, 73 of 150. Ancient Jewish history tells of David playing a lyre and writing songs. For one, he wrote a song of mourning at the battlefield death of King Saul and his sons: “How have the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19-27 New American Standard Bible). An ancient Jewish scroll from about the time of Jesus, discovered among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, reports that David wrote 3,600 songs. “Use a low octave” is a guess. It’s based on the idea that the lyrics are solemn, and a good fit with music played in quiet tones and in a bass octave. The Hebrew word, sheminith, is a mystery, like selah.