A Prayer for Protection
A prayer of David.
1Lord, hear me begging for fairness;
listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
because I speak the truth.
2You will judge that I am right;
your eyes can see what is true.
3You have examined my heart;
you have tested me all night.
You questioned me without finding anything wrong;
I have not sinned with my mouth.
4I have obeyed your commands,
so I have not done what evil people do.
5I have done what you told me;
I have not failed.
6I call to you, God,
and you answer me.
Listen to me now,
and hear what I say.
7Your love is wonderful.
By your power you save those who trust you
from their enemies.
8Protect me as you would protect your own eye.
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.
9Keep me from the wicked who attack me,
from my enemies who surround me.
10They are selfish
and brag about themselves.
11They have chased me until they have surrounded me.
They plan to throw me to the ground.
12They are like lions ready to kill;
like lions, they sit in hiding.
13Lord, rise up, face the enemy, and throw them down.
Save me from the wicked with your sword.
14Lord, save me by your power
from those whose reward is in this life.
They have plenty of food.
They have many sons
and leave much money to their children.
15Because I have lived right, I will see your face.
When I wake up, I will see your likeness and be satisfied.