Listen, Yahweh, to my passionate prayer!
Can’t you hear my groaning?
Don’t you hear how I’m crying out to you?
My King and my God, consider my every word,
for I am calling out to you.
At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.
Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar
and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.
I know that you, God, are never pleased with lawlessness,
and evil ones will never be invited into your house.
Boasters collapse, unable to survive your scrutiny,
for your hatred of evildoers is clear.
You will make an end of all those who lie.
How you hate their hypocrisy and despise all who love violence!
But I know that you will welcome me into your house,
for I am covered by your covenant of mercy and love.
So I come to your sanctuary with deepest awe
to bow in worship and adore you.
Yahweh, lead me in the pathways of your pleasure
just like you promised me you would,
or else my enemies will conquer me.
Smooth out your road in front of me,
straight and level, so that I will know where to walk.