A Cry for Help
A Davidic psalm.
1Lord, hear my prayer.
In Your faithfulness listen to my plea,
and in Your righteousness answer me. # Ps 71:2; 140:6
2Do not bring Your servant into judgment, # Jb 14:3
for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. # Jb 15:14; Ps 130:3; Rm 3:23
3For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing me to the ground,
making me live in darkness
like those long dead. # Ps 88:3-6; Lm 3:6
4My spirit is weak within me;
my heart is overcome with dismay. # Ps 77:3; 142:3
5I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all You have done;
I reflect on the work of Your hands. # Ps 77:5,10-12
6I spread out my hands to You;
I am like parched land before You. # Jb 11:13; Ps 42:2; 63:1Selah
7Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails. # Ps 69:17; 102:2
Don’t hide Your face from me,
or I will be like those
going down to the Pit. # Ps 28:1; 88:4
8Let me experience
Your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in You. # Ps 90:14
Reveal to me the way I should go
because I long for You. # Ps 25:1,4
9Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I come to You for protection. # One Hb ms, LXX; some Hb mss read I cover myself to You # Ps 31:15; 59:1; 142:6
10Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God. # Ps 25:4-5; 31:14; 63:1; 86:2; 119:12
May Your gracious Spirit
lead me on level ground. # Ps 23:3
11Because of Your name, Yahweh,
let me live.
In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble, # Ps 25:11; 71:20
12and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies.
Wipe out all those who attack me,
for I am Your servant. # Ps 54:5; 116:16