(A psalm by David to be used when an offering is made.)
A Prayer in Times of Trouble
38 When you are angry, Lord, please don’t punish me or even correct me. 2 You shot me with your arrows, and you struck me with your hand.
3 My body hurts all over because of your anger. Even my bones are in pain, and my sins 4 are so heavy that I am crushed.
5 Because of my foolishness, I am covered with sores that stink and spread. 6 My body is twisted and bent, and I groan all day long. 7 Fever has my back in flames, and I hurt all over. 8 I am worn out and weak, moaning and in distress.
9 You, Lord, know every one of my deepest desires, and my noisy groans are no secret to you. 10 My heart is beating fast. I feel weak all over, and my eyes are red.
11 Because of my sickness, no friends or neighbors will come near me. 12 All who want me dead set traps to catch me, and those who want to harm and destroy me plan and plot all day.
13 I am not able to hear or speak a word; 14 I am completely deaf and can’t make a sound.
15 I trust you, Lord God, and you will do something. 16 I said, “Don’t let them laugh or brag because I slip.”
17 I am about to collapse from constant pain. 18 I told you my sins, and I am sorry for them. 19 Many deadly and powerful enemies hate me, 20 and they repay evil for good because I try to do right.
21 You are the Lord God! Stay nearby and don’t desert me. 22 You are the one who saves me. Please hurry and help.
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