A contemplative prayer[a] of David while he hid in a cave.
1 I call out loudly to the Eternal One; I lift my voice to the Eternal begging for His favor. 2 I let everything that’s going wrong spill out of my mouth; I spell out all my troubles to Him. 3 When my spirit buckled under the burdens I bear, You knew my way. They conspired to trip me up and trap me on the path where I was walking. 4 Take a look around and see—to the right, to the left— no one is there who cares for me. There’s no way out of here; no one cares about the state of my soul.
5 You are the One I called to, O Eternal One. I said, “You’re the only safe place I know; You’re all I’ve got in this world. 6 Oh, let me know that You hear my cry because I’m languishing and desperate;
Rescue me from those who torment me because there’s no way I can stand up to them; they are much too strong for me. 7 Lift my captive soul from this dark prison so I may render to You my gratitude; Then Your righteous people will gather around me because You will treat me with astounding goodness.”
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