A Prayer of Faith
King David’s prayer
1Lord, bend down to listen to my prayer.
I am in deep trouble. I’m broken and humbled,
and I desperately need your help.
2Guard my life, for I’m your faithful friend, your loyal servant for life.
I turn to you in faith, my God, my hero; come and rescue me!
3Lord God, hear my constant cry for help;
show me your favor and bring me to your fountain of grace!
4Restore joy to your loving servant once again,
for all I am is yours, O God.
5Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way # 86:5 The Septuagint reads “You’re my provider.”
and ready to forgive,
for your grace-fountain keeps overflowing,
drenching all your devoted lovers who pray to you.
6God, won’t you pay attention to this urgent cry?
Lord, bend down to listen to my prayer.
7Whenever trouble strikes, I will keep crying out to you,
for I know your help is on the way.
8God, there’s no one like you;
there’s no other god as famous as you.
You outshine all others, and your miracles make it easy to know you.
9Lord Almighty, you are the one who created all the nations.
Look at them—they’re all on their way!
Yes, the day will come when they all will worship you
and put your glory on display.
10You are the one and only God.
What miracles! What wonders! What greatness belongs to you!
11Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move,
so that I can walk onward in your truth
until everything within me brings honor to your name.
12With all my heart and passion I will thank you, my God!
I will give glory to your name, always and forever!
13You love me so much, and you have placed your greatness upon me. # 86:13 As translated from the Aramaic.
You rescued me from the deepest place of darkness,
and you have delivered me from a certain death.
14God, look at how these arrogant ones have defied me.
Like a vicious band of violent men, they have tried to kill me.
They wouldn’t worry for a moment that they were sinning against you!
15But Lord, your nurturing love is tender and gentle.
You are slow to get angry yet so swift to show your faithful love.
You are full of abounding grace and truth. # 86:15 As translated from the Aramaic and the Septuagint.
16Bring me to your grace-fountain
so that your strength becomes mine.
Be my hero and come rescue your servant once again!
17Send me a miraculous sign to show me how much you love me,
so that those who hate me will see it and be ashamed.
Don’t they know that you, Lord, are my comforter,
the one who comes to help me?