A Prayer for Guidance, Deliverance, and Forgiveness
Of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1To you, O Yahweh, I lift up my soul.
2O my God, I trust you; let me not be put to shame.
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
3Indeed, none who wait for you should be put to shame.
Those who betray without cause should be put to shame.
4Make me know your ways, O Yahweh.
Teach me your paths.
5Cause me to walk in your truth and teach me,
because you are the God of my salvation.
I await you all day long.#Literally “all of the day”
6Remember your compassion, O Yahweh,
and your acts of loyal love,
because they are from of old.
7Do not remember
the sins of my youth or my transgressions.
According to your loyal love remember me if you will,
for the sake of your goodness, O Yahweh.
8Good and right is Yahweh;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9He causes the humble to walk in justice,
and teaches the humble his way.
10All the paths of Yahweh are loyal love and faithfulness
for those who keep his covenant and statutes.#Or “covenant statutes”
11Also, for the sake of your name, O Yahweh,
forgive my sin, because it is great.
12Who is the man fearing Yahweh?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13His soul will lodge in prosperity,
and his offspring will possess the land.
14Intimate fellowship with Yahweh is for those who fear him,
and he makes known his covenant to them.
15My eyes are continually toward Yahweh,
because he will take my feet from the net.
16Turn to me and have mercy on me
because I am lonely and afflicted.
17Remove the troubles of my heart;
bring me out from my distresses.
18Consider my affliction and trouble,
and forgive#Or “take away” all my sins.
19Consider that my enemies are many,
and they hate me with violent hatred.
20Protect my life and deliver me.
Let me not be put to shame, because I take shelter in you.
21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
because I wait for you.
22O God, redeem Israel
from all its troubles.