A Morning Prayer for Protection
For the director of music. For flutes. A song of David.
1Lord, listen to my words.
Understand what I am thinking.
2Listen to my cry for help.
My king and my God, I pray to you.
3Lord, every morning you hear my voice.
Every morning, I tell you what I need.
And I wait for your answer.
4You are not a God who is pleased with what is wicked.
You do not live with those who do evil.
5Those people who make fun of you cannot stand before you.
You hate all those who do wrong.
6You destroy liars.
The Lord hates those who kill and trick others.
7Because of your great love,
I can come into your Temple.
Because I fear and respect you,
I can worship in your holy Temple.
8Lord, since I have many enemies,
show me the right thing to do.
Show me clearly how you want me to live.
9With their mouths my enemies do not tell the truth.
In their hearts they want to destroy people.
Their throats are like open graves.
They use their tongues for telling lies.
10God, declare them guilty!
Let them fall into their own traps.
Send them away because their sins are many.
They have turned against you.
11But let everyone who trusts you be happy.
Let them sing glad songs forever.
Protect those who love you.
They are happy because of you.
12Lord, you bless those who do what is right.
You protect them like a soldier’s shield.