For the worship leader. A song of David accompanied by the lyre.[a]
1 O Eternal One, don’t punish me in Your anger or harshly correct me. 2 Show me grace, Eternal God. I am completely undone. Bring me back together, Eternal One. Mend my shattered bones. 3 My soul is drowning in darkness. How long can You, the Eternal, let things go on like this?
4 Come back, Eternal One, and lead me to Your saving light. Rescue me because I know You are truly compassionate. 5 I’m alive for a reason—I can’t worship You if I’m dead. If I’m six feet under, how can I thank You?
6 I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak, my voice fading as sighs. Every day ends in the same place—lying in bed, covered in tears, my pillow wet with sorrow. 7 My eyes burn, devoured with grief; they grow weak as I constantly watch for my enemies.
8 All who are evil, stay away from me because the Eternal hears my voice, listens as I cry. 9 The Eternal God hears my simple prayers; He receives my request. 10 All who seek to destroy me will be humiliated; they will turn away and suddenly crumble in shame.
6:titleHebrew, sheminith, perhaps an eight-stringed instrument from a root meaning “eight”
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