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A Prayer in Troubled Times

Of David.

28 Lord, my Rock, I call out to you for help.
    Do not be deaf to me.
If you are silent,
    I will be like those in the grave.
Hear the sound of my prayer,
    when I cry out to you for help.
I raise my hands
    toward your Most Holy Place.
Don’t drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil.
They say “Peace” to their neighbors,
    but evil is in their hearts.
Pay them back for what they have done,
    for their evil deeds.
Pay them back for what they have done;
    give them their reward.
They don’t understand what the Lord has done
    or what he has made.
So he will knock them down
    and not lift them up.

Praise the Lord,
    because he heard my prayer for help.
The Lord is my strength and shield.
    I trust him, and he helps me.
I am very happy,
    and I praise him with my song.
The Lord is powerful;
    he gives victory to his chosen one.
Save your people
    and bless those who are your own.
    Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Psalm 28

Of David.

To you, Lord, I call;
    you are my Rock,
    do not turn a deaf ear(A) to me.
For if you remain silent,(B)
    I will be like those who go down to the pit.(C)
Hear my cry for mercy(D)
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands(E)
    toward your Most Holy Place.(F)

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.(G)
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done(H)
    and bring back on them what they deserve.(I)

Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,(J)
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.

Praise be to the Lord,(K)
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.(L)
The Lord is my strength(M) and my shield;
    my heart trusts(N) in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,(O)
    and with my song I praise him.(P)

The Lord is the strength(Q) of his people,
    a fortress of salvation(R) for his anointed one.(S)
Save your people(T) and bless your inheritance;(U)
    be their shepherd(V) and carry them(W) forever.