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My Soul Reaches for You

A Psalm of David.

143 O Yahweh, hear my prayer,
(A)Give ear to my supplications!
Answer me in Your (B)faithfulness, in Your (C)righteousness!
And (D)do not enter into judgment with Your slave,
For (E)no one living is righteous in Your sight.
For the enemy has pursued my soul;
He has crushed my life (F)to the ground;
He (G)has made me inhabit dark places, like those who have long been dead.
Therefore (H)my spirit was faint within me;
My heart was [a](I)appalled within me.

I (J)remember the days of old;
I (K)meditate on all You have done;
I (L)muse on the work of Your hands.
I (M)stretch out my hands to You;
My (N)soul reaches for You like a weary land. [b]Selah.

(O)Answer me quickly, O Yahweh, my (P)spirit wastes away;
(Q)Do not hide Your face from me,
Or I will become like (R)those who go down to the pit.
Cause me to hear Your (S)lovingkindness (T)in the morning;
For I trust (U)in You;
Cause me to know the (V)way in which I should walk;
For to You I (W)lift up my soul.
(X)Deliver me from my enemies, O Yahweh,
I have concealed myself in You.

10 (Y)Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Let (Z)Your good Spirit (AA)lead me on level [c]ground.
11 (AB)For the sake of Your name, O Yahweh, (AC)revive me.
(AD)In Your righteousness bring my soul out of distress.
12 And in Your lovingkindness, [d](AE)cut off my enemies
And cause all those who assail my soul to (AF)perish,
For (AG)I am Your slave.


  1. Psalm 143:4 Or desolate
  2. Psalm 143:6 Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo, Musical Interlude
  3. Psalm 143:10 Lit land
  4. Psalm 143:12 Or silence