A Prayer for God's Protection 71 1I run to you, LORD, for protection. Don't disappoint me. 2You do what is right, so come to my rescue. Listen to my prayer and keep me safe. 3Be my mighty rock,[M] the place where I can always run for protection. Save me by your command! You are my mighty rock and my fortress. 4Come and save me, LORD God, from vicious and cruel and brutal enemies! 5I depend on you, and I have trusted you since I was young. 6I have relied on you[N] from the day I was born. You brought me safely through birth, and I always praise you. 7Many people think of me as something evil. But you are my mighty protector, 8and I praise and honor you all day long. 9Don't throw me aside when I am old; don't desert me when my strength is gone. 10My enemies are plotting because they want me dead. 11They say, “Now we'll catch you! God has deserted you, and no one can save you.” 12Come closer, God! Please hurry and help. 13Embarrass and destroy all who want me dead; disgrace and confuse all who want to hurt me. 14I will never give up hope or stop praising you. 15All day long I will tell the wonderful things you do to save your people. But you have done much more than I could possibly know. 16I will praise you, LORD God, for your mighty deeds and your power to save. 17You have taught me since I was a child, and I never stop telling about your marvelous deeds. 18Don't leave me when I am old and my hair turns gray. Let me tell future generations about your mighty power. 19Your deeds of kindness are known in the heavens. No one is like you! 20You made me suffer a lot, but you will bring me back from this deep pit and give me new life. 21You will make me truly great and take my sorrow away. 22I will praise you, God, the Holy One of Israel. You are faithful. I will play the harp and sing your praises. 23You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout, singing praises to you with all my heart. 24All day long I will announce your power to save. I will tell how you disgraced and disappointed those who wanted to hurt me.
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