(By David.) A Prayer for the Nation 144 1I praise you, LORD! You are my mighty rock,[Y] and you teach me how to fight my battles. 2You are my friend, my fortress, where I am safe. You are my shield, and you made me the ruler of our people.[Z] 3 Why do we humans mean anything to you, our LORD? Why do you care about us? 4We disappear like a breath; we last no longer than a faint shadow. 5Open the heavens like a curtain and come down, LORD. Touch the mountains and make them send up smoke. 6Use your lightning as arrows to scatter my enemies and make them run away. 7Reach down from heaven and set me free. Save me from the mighty flood 8of those lying foreigners who never tell the truth. 9In praise of you, our God, I will sing a new song, while playing my harp. 10By your power, kings win wars, and your servant David is saved from deadly swords. 11Won't you keep me safe from those lying foreigners who never tell the truth? 12Let's pray that our young sons will grow like strong plants and that our daughters will be as lovely as columns in the corner of a palace. 13May our barns be filled with all kinds of crops. May our fields be covered with sheep by the thousands, 14and every cow have calves.[A] Don't let our city be captured or any of us be taken away, and don't let cries of sorrow be heard in our streets. 15Our LORD and our God, you give these blessings to all who worship you.
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