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Psalm 143

Do Not Bring Your Servant Into Judgment

A psalm by David.

Prayer for Forgiveness

Lord, hear my prayer.
Give ear to my cry for mercy.
In your faithfulness, answer me in your righteousness.
Do not bring charges against your servant,
because no one living can be righteous before you.

The Problem

For the enemy pursues my soul.
He crushes my life to the ground.
He makes me dwell in dark places like those long dead,
so my spirit grows faint inside me.
Within me my heart is devastated.

The Reason for Hope

I remember the days of long ago.
I meditate on all your works,
and I consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you. Interlude
My soul thirsts for you like a weary land.

The Prayer

Hurry! Answer me, Lord.
My spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me,
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let me hear about your mercy in the morning,
    for I trust in you.
Teach me the way that I should go,
    for I lift up my soul to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God.
May your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 For the sake of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
In your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your mercy, wipe out my enemies,
and destroy all who threaten my life,
for I am your servant.