Be my contender in the strife, O Lord my strong defender be
Your mighty shield protect my life, Your spear confront my enemy
Amid the conflict O my Lord, Your precious promise let me hear
That faithful reassuring word: “I am your Savior, do not fear.”
My foes rejoice at my dismay, but You O Lord have seen it all;
O be no longer far away, nor silent when to You I call.
O vindicate me from Your throne, O Lord, my righteous cause maintain;
You are my Lord and God alone; awake, and make Your justice plain.
I look to You, my God, my Lord; my righteous judge, to You I pray;
Let not my foes cry out with scorn and laugh with joy at my dismay.
Give woe and shame to those whose spite would see my righteous cause destroyed;
But those who in the good delight, let them be glad and shout for joy.
Yes, let the Lord be magnified, because Your servants You have blessed
And from the morning to the night, I daily praise Your righteousness
My soul is joyful in the Lord, in His salvation I rejoice;
To Him my heart will praise accord and bless His name with thankful voice.
—Psalm 35 (The Psalter 1912, Alt. Henry C. Haffner, 2016)