The Message

Psalm 143

A David Psalm

11-2 Listen to this prayer of mine, God;
    pay attention to what I’m asking.
Answer me—you’re famous for your answers!
    Do what’s right for me.
But don’t, please don’t, haul me into court;
    not a person alive would be acquitted there.

3-6 The enemy hunted me down;
    he kicked me and stomped me within an inch of my life.
He put me in a black hole,
    buried me like a corpse in that dungeon.
I sat there in despair, my spirit draining away,
    my heart heavy, like lead.
I remembered the old days,
    went over all you’ve done, pondered the ways you’ve worked,
Stretched out my hands to you,
    as thirsty for you as a desert thirsty for rain.

7-10 Hurry with your answer, God!
    I’m nearly at the end of my rope.
Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!
    That would be certain death.
If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,
    I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Point out the road I must travel;
    I’m all ears, all eyes before you.
Save me from my enemies, God
    you’re my only hope!
Teach me how to live to please you,
    because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
    into cleared and level pastureland.

11-12 Keep up your reputation, God—give me life!
    In your justice, get me out of this trouble!
In your great love, vanquish my enemies;
    make a clean sweep of those who harass me.
And why? Because I’m your servant.

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Psalm 143

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer.
    Listen to my cry for mercy.
You are faithful and right.
    Come and help me.
Don’t take me to court and judge me,
    because in your eyes no living person does what is right.

My enemies chase me.
    They crush me down to the ground.
They make me live in the darkness
    like those who died long ago.
So I grow weak.
    Deep down inside me, I’m afraid.

I remember what happened long ago.
    I spend time thinking about all your acts.
    I consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you in prayer.
    I’m thirsty for you, just as dry ground is thirsty for rain.

Lord, answer me quickly.
    I’m growing weak.
Don’t turn your face away from me,
    or I will be like those who go down into the grave.
In the morning let me hear about your faithful love,
    because I’ve put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should live,
    because I trust you with my life.
Lord, save me from my enemies,
    because I go to you for safety.
10 Teach me to do what you want,
    because you are my God.
May your good Spirit
    lead me on a level path.

11 Lord, bring yourself honor by keeping me alive.
    Because you do what is right, get me out of trouble.
12 Because your love is faithful, put an end to my enemies.
    Destroy all of them, because I serve you.