Advent 1 - Year C
What promise are you looking for? Two typical ones are being triumphant or living faithfully.
This psalm seems to be most interested in winning over others by having picked or been picked by a most powerful god or totem.
Key words here include trouble, shame, guilt, guarded life, and some sense of eternal truth beyond local reality.
If these become less important we can jump to the end of this pericope to focus on what it takes for us to develop and continue in a sense of being a part of a whole - being humble. Here the focus becomes our faithfulness, our promise fulfillment, our covenant, our word. This doesn’t focus on guilt or prevailing. Rather we look at simply using our gifts.