Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the Lord
A Prayer of David.
1Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
2Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
3Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
4Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
#Ps. 25:1; 143:8For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5For #Ps. 130:7; 145:9; (Joel 2:13)You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
7In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.
8#(Ex. 15:11); 2 Sam. 7:22; 1 Kin. 8:23; Ps. 89:6; Jer. 10:6Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
Nor are there any works like Your works.
9All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name.
10For You are great, and #(Ex. 15:11)do wondrous things;
#Deut. 6:4; Is. 37:16; Mark 12:29; 1 Cor. 8:4You alone are God.
11#Ps. 27:11; 143:8Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
13For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14O God, the proud have risen against me,
And a mob of violent men have sought my life,
And have not set You before them.
15But #Ex. 34:6; (Ps. 86:5)You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
16Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!
Give Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your maidservant.
17Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
Because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.