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A Morning Prayer

David sang this when he ran away from his son Absalom [2 Sam. 15–19].

Lord, ·I have many enemies [L how many are my foes?]!
    ·Many people [L How many…?] have ·turned [L risen] against me.
Many are saying about me,
    “·God won’t rescue him [L There is no salvation for him in God].” ·Selah [Interlude]

But, Lord, you are my shield [C protector],
    my ·wonderful God [L glory] who ·gives me courage [L lifts up my head].
I will ·pray [L lift my voice] to the Lord,
    and he will answer me from his holy mountain [C Zion, the location of the Temple]. ·Selah [Interlude]

I can lie down and go to sleep,
    and I will wake up again,
    because the Lord ·gives me strength [sustains/upholds me].
Thousands of troops may ·surround me [L set themselves around me],
    but I am not afraid.

Lord, rise up!
    My God, come ·save [rescue; T deliver] me!
You have struck my enemies on the cheek;
    you have broken the teeth of the wicked.
·The Lord can save his people [L Salvation/Rescue/Deliverance belongs to the Lord].
    ·Bless your people [L May your blessing be on your people]. ·Selah [Interlude]