We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.”
1. This starts with "by David"
2. When the Psalmist addresses their self/body in the 2nd person (first 5 verses), the original uses female forms, which is unusual.
3. Without going into my usual verse-by-verse - the Hebrew is more direct. For example "all that is within me" is more accurately translated as "my innards/guts". In the context of the sacrifices in Leviticus the same word is used for "viscera/entrails/offal"
Strider A: The Jewish people are now reciting the Psalm you quoted twice daily for the duration of the "High Holidays" through Sukkot (Tabernacles). Is that why you quoted it?
I don't know if the Catholic Missal, which proceeded any Protestant Christianity, selected the timing of this reading to coincide with Jewish devotions. In the Catholic Missal, for the 24th Sunday of "Ordinary" time, during year A (of a 3 year cycle) this is the Psalm (103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, sung or read after Sirach 27:30-28:7 and before Romans 14:7-9 and Matthew 18:21-35...the parable of the master who forgives a debtor's debt; the debtor then condemns one who owed him a minor debt. The master then condemns the debtor to torture for not forgiving as he was forgiven. Sirach prefigures this theme of as you forgive, God, in His justice and mercy, will so forgive you.