A Prayer for Fairness
A shiggaion of David which he sang to the Lord about Cush, from the tribe of Benjamin.
1Lord my God, I trust in you for protection.
Save me and rescue me
from those who are chasing me.
2Otherwise, like a lion they will tear me apart.
They will rip me to pieces, and no one can save me.
3Lord my God, what have I done?
Have my hands done something wrong?
4Have I done wrong to my friend
or stolen without reason from my enemy?
5If I have, let my enemy chase me and capture me.
Let him trample me into the dust
and bury me in the ground.Selah
6Lord, rise up in your anger;
stand up against my enemies’ anger.
Get up and demand fairness.
7Gather the nations around you
and rule them from above.
8Lord, judge the people.
Lord, defend me because I am right,
because I have done no wrong, God Most High.
9God, you do what is right.
You know our thoughts and feelings.
Stop those wicked actions done by evil people,
and help those who do what is right.
10God protects me like a shield;
he saves those whose hearts are right.
11God judges by what is right,
and God is always ready to punish the wicked.
12If they do not change their lives,
God will sharpen his sword;
he will string his bow and take aim.
13He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he has made his flaming arrows.
14There are people who think up evil
and plan trouble and tell lies.
15They dig a hole to trap others,
but they will fall into it themselves.
16They will get themselves into trouble;
the violence they cause will hurt only themselves.
17I praise the Lord because he does what is right.
I sing praises to the Lord Most High.