Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 29 — Psalm 143

A humble entreaty

Psalm of David.

Yahweh, hear my prayer,
listen to my pleading,
answer me faithfully, righteously;
do not put Your servant on trial,
no one is virtuous by Your standards.

An enemy who hounds me
to crush me into the dust,
forces me to dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago;
my spirit fails me
and my heart is full of fear.

I recall the days of old,
I reflect on all that You did,
I ponder Your deeds;
I stretch out my hands,
like thirsty ground I yearn for You, selah.

Quick, Yahweh, answer me
before my spirit fails;
if You hide Your face much longer,
I shall go down to the Pit like the rest.

Let dawn bring proof of Your love,
for one who relies on You;
let it show the right road,
to one who lifts up his soul to you.

Yahweh, rescue me from my enemies,
I have fled to You for shelter;
teach me to obey You,
since You are my God;
may Your good Spirit guide me
on to level ground.

Yahweh, for the sake of Your name,
keep Your promise to save me;
protect me from oppression,
love me, kill my enemies,
destroy my oppressors,
for I am Your servant.

Next… Day 30 — Psalm 144

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