A Morning Prayer for Protection
For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.
1Lord, listen to my words.
Understand my sadness.
2Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
because I pray to you.
3Lord, every morning you hear my voice.
Every morning, I tell you what I need,
and I wait for your answer.
4You are not a God who is pleased with the wicked;
you do not live with those who do evil.
5Those people who make fun of you cannot stand before you.
You hate all those who do evil.
6You destroy liars;
the Lord hates those who kill and trick others.
7Because of your great love,
I can come into your Temple.
Because I fear and respect you,
I can worship in your holy Temple.
8Lord, since I have many enemies,
show me the right thing to do.
Show me clearly how you want me to live.
9My enemies’ mouths do not tell the truth;
in their hearts they want to destroy others.
Their throats are like open graves;
they use their tongues for telling lies.
10God, declare them guilty!
Let them fall into their own traps.
Send them away because their sins are many;
they have turned against you.
11But let everyone who trusts you be happy;
let them sing glad songs forever.
Protect those who love you
and who are happy because of you.
12Lord, you bless those who do what is right;
you protect them like a soldier’s shield.