To the director: To the tune “The Lilies.” A song of David.
1God, save me from all my troubles!
The rising water has reached my neck.
2I have nothing to stand on.
I am sinking down, down into the mud.
I am in deep water,
and the waves are about to cover me.
3I am getting weak from calling for help.
My throat is sore.
I have waited and looked for your help
until my eyes are hurting.
4I have more enemies than the hairs on my head.
They hate me for no reason.
They try hard to destroy me.
My enemies tell lies about me.
They say I stole from them
and they demand that I pay for things I did not steal.
5God, you know my faults.
I cannot hide my sins from you.
6My Lord GOD All-Powerful, don’t let me embarrass your followers.
God of Israel, don’t let me bring disgrace to those who worship you.
7My face is covered with shame.
I carry this shame for you.
8My own brothers treat me like a stranger.
They act as if I came from a foreign land.
9My strong devotion to your Temple is destroying me.
Those who insult you are also insulting me.
10When I spend time crying and fasting,
they make fun of me.
11When I wear sackcloth to show my sorrow,
they tell jokes about me.
12They talk about me in public places.
The beer drinkers make up songs about me.
13As for me, Lord, this is my prayer to you:
Please accept me!
God, I want you to answer me with love.
I know I can trust you to save me.
14Pull me from the mud,
and don’t let me sink down deeper.
Save me from those who hate me.
Save me from this deep water.
15Don’t let the waves drown me.
Don’t let the deep sea swallow me
or the grave close its mouth on me.
16Answer me, Lord, from the goodness of your faithful love.
Out of your great kindness turn to me and help me!
17Don’t turn away from your servant.
I am in trouble, so hurry and help me!
18Come save my soul.
Rescue me from my enemies.
19You know the shame I have suffered.
You know all my enemies.
You saw how they humiliated me.
20I feel the pain of their insults.
The shame makes me feel like dying!
I wanted some sympathy,
but there was none.
I waited for someone to comfort me,
but no one came.
21They gave me poison, not food.
They gave me vinegar, not wine.
22Their tables are covered with food.
Let their fellowship meals destroy them.
23Let them go blind and their backs become weak.
24Show them how angry you are.
Let them feel what your anger can do.
25Make their homes empty.
Don’t let anyone live there.
26They try to hurt people you have already punished.
They tell everyone about the suffering you gave them.
27Punish them for the bad things they have done.
Don’t show them how good you can be.
28Erase their names from the book of life.
Don’t let their names appear on the list of those who do what is right.
29I am sad and hurting.
God, lift me up and save me!
30I will praise God’s name in song.
I will honor him by giving him thanks.
31The Lord will be happier with this
than with the offering of an ox or a full-grown bull as a sacrifice.
32Poor people, you came to worship God.
You will be happy to know these things.
33The Lord listens to poor, helpless people.
He does not turn away from those who are in prison.
34Praise him, heaven and earth!
Sea and everything in it, praise him!
35God will save Zion.
He will rebuild the cities of Judah.
The people will settle there again and own the land.
36The descendants of his servants will get that land.
Those who love his name will live there.