prayer of David.
O LORD, hear my plea for
justice. Listen to my cry for help.
pay attention to my prayer, for it
comes from an honest heart.
Declare me innocent, for you know those who do right.
You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
scrutinized me and found nothing amiss, for I am determined not to sin
in what I say.
I have followed your commands, which have kept me from going along with
cruel and evil people.
My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend
down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
You save with your
strength those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your
Protect me from wicked people who attack me, from murderous enemies who
They are without pity. Listen to their boasting.
They track me down, surround me, and throw me to the ground.
They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart--
like young lions in
hiding, waiting for their chance.
Arise, O LORD! Stand against them and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
Save me by your mighty hand, O LORD, from those whose only concern
is earthly gain.
May they have their punishment in full. May their
children inherit more of the same,
and may the judgment continue to
their children's children.
But because I have done what is right, I will see you.
awake, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face.