A David Psalm 143 1Listen to this prayer of mine, God; pay attention to what I’m asking. Answer me—you’re famous for your answers! Do what’s right for me. 2But don’t, please don’t, haul me into court; not a person alive would be acquitted there. 3The enemy hunted me down; he kicked me and stomped me within an inch of my life. He put me in a black hole, buried me like a corpse in that dungeon. 4I sat there in despair, my spirit draining away, my heart heavy, like lead. 5I remembered the old days, went over all you’ve done, pondered the ways you’ve worked, 6Stretched out my hands to you, as thirsty for you as a desert thirsty for rain. 7Hurry with your answer, God! I’m nearly at the end of my rope. Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me! That would be certain death. 8If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you. Point out the road I must travel; I’m all ears, all eyes before you. 9Save me from my enemies, God— you’re my only hope! 10Teach me how to live to please you, because you’re my God. Lead me by your blessed Spirit into cleared and level pastureland. 11Keep up your reputation, God—give me life! In your justice, get me out of this trouble! 12In your great love, vanquish my enemies; make a clean sweep of those who harass me. And why? Because I’m your servant.
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