Psalms 69

Psalms 69

(By David for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies”.)
God can be trusted
1Save me, God!
I am about to drown.
2I am sinking deep in the mud,
and my feet are slipping.
I am about to be swept under
by a mighty flood.
3I am worn out from crying,
and my throat is dry.
I have waited for you
till my eyes are blurred.
4There are more people#Ps 35.19; Jn 15.25.
who hate me for no reason
than there are hairs
on my head.
Many terrible enemies
want to destroy me, God.
Am I supposed to give back
something I didn't steal?
5You know my foolish sins.
Not one is hidden from you.
6 LORD God All-Powerful,
ruler of Israel,
don't let me embarrass anyone
who trusts and worships you.
7It is for your sake alone
that I am insulted
and blush with shame.
8I am like a stranger
to my relatives
and like a foreigner
to my own family.
9My love for your house#Jn 2.17; Ro 15.3.
burns in me like a fire,
and when others insulted you,
they insulted me as well.
10I cried and went without food,#69.10 went without food: See the note at 35.13.
but they still insulted me.
11They sneered at me
for wearing sackcloth#69.11 sackcloth: See the note at 30.11.
to show my sorrow.
12Rulers and judges gossip
about me,
and drunkards make up songs
to mock me.
13But I pray to you, LORD.
So when the time is right,
answer me and help me
with your wonderful love.
14Don't let me sink in the mud,
but save me from my enemies
and from the deep water.
15Don't let me be
swept away by a flood
or drowned in the ocean
or swallowed by death.
16Answer me, LORD!
You are kind and good.
Pay attention to me!
You are truly merciful.
17Don't turn away from me.
I am your servant,
and I am in trouble.
Please hurry and help!
18Come and save me
from my enemies.
19You know how I am insulted,
mocked, and disgraced;
you know every one
of my enemies.
20I am crushed by insults,
and I feel sick.
I had hoped for mercy and pity,
but there was none.
21Enemies poisoned my food,#Mt 27.48; Mk 15.36; Lk 23.26; Jn 19.28,29.
and when I was thirsty,
they gave me vinegar.
22Make their table a trap#Ro 11.9,10.
for them and their friends.
23Blind them with darkness
and make them tremble.
24Show them how angry you are!
Be furious and catch them.
25Destroy their camp#Ac 1.20.
and don't let anyone live
in their tents.
26They cause trouble for people
you have already punished;
their gossip hurts those
you have wounded.
27Make them guiltier than ever
and don't forgive them.
28Wipe their names from the book#Ex 32.32; Rev 3.5; 13.8; 17.8.
of the living;
remove them from the list
of the innocent.
29I am ill-treated and in pain.
Protect me, God,
and keep me safe!
30I will praise the LORD God
with a song
and a thankful heart.
31This will please the LORD
better than offering an ox
or a full-grown bull.
32When those in need see this,
they will be happy,
and the LORD's worshippers
will be encouraged.
33The LORD will listen
when the homeless cry out,
and he will never forget
his people in prison.
34Heaven and earth
will praise our God,
and so will the oceans
and everything in them.
35God will rescue Jerusalem,
and he will rebuild
the towns of Judah.
His people will live there
on their own land,
36and when the time comes,
their children will inherit
the land.
Then everyone who loves God
will also settle there.