A Prayer of Faith in Troubled Times
For the director of music. A song of David.
1Lord, I trust in you.
Let me never be disgraced.
Save me because you do what is right.
2Listen to me.
Save me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a strong city to save me.
3You are my rock and my protection.
For the good of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Set me free from the trap they set for me.
You are my protection.
5I give you my life.
Save me, Lord, God of truth.
6I hate those who worship false gods.
I trust only in the Lord.
7I will be glad because of your love.
You saw my suffering.
You knew my troubles.
8You have not let my enemies defeat me.
You have set me in a safe place.
9Lord, have mercy. I am in misery.
My eyes are weak from so much crying.
My whole being is tired from grief.
10My life is ending in sadness.
My years are spent in crying.
My troubles are using up my strength.
My bones are getting weaker.
11Because of all my troubles, my enemies hate me.
Even my neighbors look down on me.
When my friends see me,
they are afraid and run.
12I am like a piece of a broken pot.
I am forgotten as if I were dead.
13I have heard many insults.
Terror is all around me.
They make plans against me.
They want to kill me.
14Lord, I trust you.
I have said, “You are my God.”
15My life is in your hands.
Save me from my enemies’ grasp.
Save me from those who are chasing me.
16Show your kindness to me, your servant.
Save me because of your love.
17Lord, I called to you.
So do not let me be disgraced.
Let the wicked be disgraced.
Let them lie silent in the grave.
18With pride and hatred
they speak against the righteous.
So shut their lying lips.
19How great is your goodness!
You have stored it up for those who fear you.
You do good things for those who trust you.
You do this for all to see.
20You protect them by your presence
from what people plan against them.
You keep them safe in your shelter
from evil words.
21Praise the Lord.
His love to me was wonderful
when my city was attacked.
22In my distress, I said,
“God cannot see me!”
But you heard my prayer
when I cried out to you for help.
23Love the Lord, all you who belong to him.
The Lord protects those who truly believe.
But he punishes the proud as much as they have sinned.
24All you who put your hope in the Lord
be strong and brave.