(A song and a psalm by the clan of Korah for the music leader. To the tune “Mahalath Leannoth.”[A] A special psalm by Heman the Ezrahite.) A Prayer When You Can't Find the Way 88 1You keep me safe, LORD God. So when I pray at night, 2please listen carefully to each of my concerns. 3I am deeply troubled and close to death; 4I am as good as dead and completely helpless. 5I am no better off than those in the grave, those you have forgotten and no longer help. 6You have put me in the deepest and darkest grave; 7your anger rolls over me like ocean waves. 8You have made my friends turn in horror from me. I am a prisoner who cannot escape, 9and I am almost blind because of my sorrow. Each day I lift my hands in prayer to you, LORD. 10Do you work miracles for the dead? Do they stand up and praise you? 11Are your love and loyalty announced in the world of the dead? 12Do they know of your miracles or your saving power in the dark world below where all is forgotten? 13Each morning I pray to you, LORD. 14Why do you reject me? Why do you turn from me? 15Ever since I was a child, I have been sick and close to death. You have terrified me and made me helpless.[Z] 16Your anger is like a flood! And I am shattered by your furious attacks 17that strike each day and from every side. 18My friends and neighbors have turned against me because of you, and now darkness is my only companion.
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