Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
   listen to my plea!
   Answer me because you are faithful and
Don't put your servant on trial,
   for no one is innocent before you.
My enemy has chased me.
   He has knocked me to the ground
   and forces me to live in darkness like those
      in the grave.
I am losing all hope;
    I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
   I ponder all your great works
   and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
   I thirst for you as parched land thirsts
     for rain.

Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
   for my depression deepens.
Don't turn away from me,
  or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love each
  for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
   for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
   I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will,
   for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
   on a firm footing.
For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve
   my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out
   of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all my
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

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