A Prayer in Time of Sickness
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1Happy are those who think about the poor.
When trouble comes, the Lord will save them.
2The Lord will protect them and spare their life
and will bless them in the land.
He will not let their enemies take them.
3The Lord will give them strength when they are sick,
and he will make them well again.
4I said, “Lord, have mercy on me.
Heal me, because I have sinned against you.”
5My enemies are saying evil things about me.
They say, “When will he die and be forgotten?”
6Some people come to see me,
but they lie.
They just come to get bad news.
Then they go and gossip.
7All my enemies whisper about me
and think the worst about me.
8They say, “He has a terrible disease.
He will never get out of bed again.”
9My best and truest friend, who ate at my table,
has even turned against me.
10Lord, have mercy on me.
Give me strength so I can pay them back.
11Because my enemies do not defeat me,
I know you are pleased with me.
12Because I am innocent, you support me
and will let me be with you forever.
13Praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
He has always been,
and he will always be.
Amen and amen.