A Prayer in Troubled Times
For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A miktam of David when he escaped from Saul in a cave.
1Be merciful to me, God. Be merciful to me
because I come to you for protection.
I will come to you as a bird comes for protection under its mother’s wings
until the trouble has passed.
2I cry out to God Most High,
to the God who does everything for me.
3He sends help from heaven and saves me.
He punishes those who attack me. Selah
God sends me his love and truth.
4Enemies are like lions all around me.
I must lie down among them.
Their teeth are like spears and arrows.
Their tongues are as sharp as swords.
5God is supreme over the skies.
His greatness covers the earth.
6They set a trap for me.
I am very worried.
They dug a pit in my path.
But they fell into it themselves. Selah
7My heart is right, God. My heart is right.
I will sing and praise you.
8Wake up, my soul.
Wake up, harp and lyre!
I will wake up the dawn.
9Lord, I will praise you among the nations.
I will sing songs of praise about you to all the nations.
10Your love is so great it reaches to the skies.
Your truth reaches to the clouds.
11God, you are supreme over the skies.
Let your glory be over all the earth.