A David Psalm
God, God, save me!
I’m in over my head,
Quicksand under me, swamp water over me;
I’m going down for the third time.
I’m hoarse from calling for help,
Bleary-eyed from searching the sky for God.
I’ve got more enemies than hairs on my head;
Sneaks and liars are out to knife me in the back.
What I never stole
Must I now give back?
God, you know every sin I’ve committed;
My life’s a wide-open book before you.
Don’t let those who look to you in hope
Be discouraged by what happens to me,
Dear Lord! God of the armies!
Don’t let those out looking for you
Come to a dead end by following me—
Please, dear God of Israel!
Because of you I look like an idiot,
I walk around ashamed to show my face.
My brothers shun me like a bum off the street;
My family treats me like an unwanted guest.
I love you more than I can say.
Because I’m madly in love with you,
They blame me for everything they dislike about you.
When I poured myself out in prayer and fasting,
All it got me was more contempt.
When I put on a sad face,
They treated me like a clown.
Now drunks and gluttons
Make up drinking songs about me.