Supplication for Help against Enemies
A Prayer of David.
1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all day long.
4Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.
7In the day of my trouble I call on you,
for you will answer me.
8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9All the nations you have made shall come
and bow down before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14O God, the insolent rise up against me;
a band of ruffians seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the child of your serving girl.
17Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.