Prayer for Safekeeping from Wickedness
A Psalm of David.
1Lord, I cry out to You;
Make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
2Let my prayer be set before You #1 Kin. 8:45; Ps. 9:4as incense,
#(Ex. 30:8); Luke 1:10; (Rev. 5:8; 8:3, 4)The lifting up of my hands as #Ps. 134:2; (1 Tim. 2:8)the evening sacrifice.
3Set a guard, O Lord, over my #Ex. 29:39, 41; 1 Kin. 18:29, 36; Dan. 9:21mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice wicked works
With men who work iniquity;
#(Prov. 13:3; 21:23)And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5#Prov. 23:6Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
6Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff,
And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
7Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave,
As when one plows and breaks up the earth.
8But #(Prov. 9:8; Eccl. 7:5; Gal. 6:1)my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;
In You I take refuge;
Do not leave my soul destitute.
9Keep me from #2 Chr. 20:12; Ps. 25:15the snares they have laid for me,
And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
10#Ps. 119:110Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I escape safely.