A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.
A Psalm of David.
1To You, O Lord, I call;
My rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You are silent to me,
I will become like those who go down to the pit.
2Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,
When I lift up my hands toward #Lit the innermost place of Your sanctuaryYour holy sanctuary.
3Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who work iniquity,
Who speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
4Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Requite them according to the deeds of their hands;
Repay them their #Or dealingsrecompense.
5Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.
6Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
7The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
8The Lord is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
9Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.