A Prayer for Mercy in Troubled Times
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Upon the sheminith. A psalm of David.
1Lord, don’t correct me when you are angry;
don’t punish me when you are very angry.
2Lord, have mercy on me because I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, because my bones ache.
3I am very upset.
Lord, how long will it be?
4Lord, return and save me;
save me because of your kindness.
5Dead people don’t remember you;
those in the grave don’t praise you.
6I am tired of crying to you.
Every night my bed is wet with tears;
my bed is soaked from my crying.
7My eyes are weak from so much crying;
they are weak from crying about my enemies.
8Get away from me, all you who do evil,
because the Lord has heard my crying.
9The Lord has heard my cry for help;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
10All my enemies will be ashamed and troubled.
They will turn and suddenly leave in shame.