For the choir director:
A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be sung to the tune
"Lilies." A love song.
1 My heart overflows with a beautiful thought! I will recite
a lovely poem to the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful
2 You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream
from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever.
3 Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious,
4 In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth,
humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!
5 Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies hearts. The
nations fall before you, lying down beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal
power is expressed in justice.
7 You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore
God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than
on anyone else.
8 Your robes are perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cassia. In
palaces decorated with ivory, you are entertained by the music of harps.
9 Kings' daughters are among your concubines. At your right
side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!
10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.
Forget your people and your homeland far away.
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him,
for he is your lord.
12 The princes of Tyre will shower you with gifts. People of
great wealth will entreat your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, waits within her chamber, dressed
in a gown woven with gold.
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,
accompanied by her bridesmaids.
15 What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the
16 Your sons will become kings like their father. You will
make them rulers over many lands.
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.
Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.