My Humble Prayer
King David’s poetic song when he was chased by Absalom
1Lord, you must hear my prayer,
for you are faithful to your promises.
Answer my cry, O righteous God!
2Don’t bring me into your courtroom for judgment,
for there is no one who is righteous before you.
3My enemies have chased and caught me
and crushed my life into dust.
Now I’m living in the darkness of death’s shadow.
4My inner being is in depression
and my heart is heavy, dazed with despair.
5I remember the glorious miracles of days gone by,
and I often think of all the wonders of old.
6Now I’m reaching out to you, thirsting for you
like the dry, cracked ground thirsts for rain.
Pause in his presence
7Lord, come quickly and answer me,
for my depression deepens and I’m about to give up.
Don’t leave me now or I’ll die!
8Let the dawning day bring me revelation
of your tender, unfailing love.
Give me light for my path and teach me, for I trust in you.
9Save me from all my enemies, for I hide myself in you.
10I just want to obey all you ask of me.
So teach me, Lord, for you are my God.
Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths
that are pleasing to you, my one and only God!
11Lord, if you rescue me, it will bring you more glory,
for you are true to your promises.
Bring me out of these troubles!
12Since I am your loving servant, destroy all those
who are trying to harm me.
And because you are so loving and kind to me,
silence all of my enemies!