1 Judge me, O Elohim, and plead my cause against an ungodly [lo chasid] nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man [ ish mirmah v'avlah].

2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

"In Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore."

This is our assurance and our goal.

When we start to practice or study anything, there is no pleasure to begin with, but wisdom says,

"Continue at it, the pleasure will come with familiarity and accomplishment."

How much truer and more important in divine things! There is fulness of joy in store for those who by God's guidance learn how to appreciate and evaluate TRUE joy -- joy that has no sad aftermath, nor is snatched away at its height, but is perfect and unending.

Bro Growcott - Let a man examine himself

4 Then will I go unto the altar of Elohim, unto El my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O Elohim [Elohai].

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.