A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection
A Psalm of David.
1Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
2O my God, I trust in thee:
let me not be ashamed,
let not mine enemies triumph over me.
3Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed:
let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
4Show me thy ways, O Lord;
teach me thy paths.
5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
6Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kindnesses;
for they have been ever of old.
7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:
according to thy mercy remember thou me
for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.
8Good and upright is the Lord:
therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
9The meek will he guide in judgment:
and the meek will he teach his way.
10All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11For thy name's sake, O Lord,
pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
12What man is he that feareth the Lord?
Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13His soul shall dwell at ease;
and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him;
and he will show them his covenant.
15Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord;
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me;
for I am desolate and afflicted.
17The troubles of my heart are enlarged:
O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18Look upon mine affliction and my pain;
and forgive all my sins.
19Consider mine enemies; for they are many;
and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20O keep my soul, and deliver me:
let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;
for I wait on thee.
22Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.