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A Prayer for Deliverance

145 With all my heart I call to you;
    answer me, Lord, and I will obey your commands!
146 I call to you;
    save me, and I will keep your laws.
147 Before sunrise I call to you for help;
    I place my hope in your promise.
148 All night long I lie awake,
    to meditate on your instructions.
149 Because your love is constant, hear me, O Lord;
    show your mercy, and preserve my life!
150 My cruel persecutors are coming closer,
    people who never keep your law.
151 But you are near to me, Lord,
    and all your commands are permanent.
152 Long ago I learned about your instructions;
    you made them to last forever.

A Plea for Help

153 Look at my suffering, and save me,
    because I have not neglected your law.
154 Defend my cause, and set me free;
    save me, as you have promised.
155 The wicked will not be saved,
    for they do not obey your laws.
156 But your compassion, Lord, is great;
    show your mercy and save me!
157 I have many enemies and oppressors,
    but I do not fail to obey your laws.
158 When I look at those traitors, I am filled with disgust,
    because they do not keep your commands.
159 See how I love your instructions, Lord.
    Your love never changes, so save me!
160 The heart of your law is truth,
    and all your righteous judgments are eternal.

Dedication to the Law of the Lord

161 Powerful people attack me unjustly,
    but I respect your law.
162 How happy I am because of your promises—
    as happy as someone who finds rich treasure.
163 I hate and detest all lies,
    but I love your law.
164 Seven times each day I thank you
    for your righteous judgments.
165 Those who love your law have perfect security,
    and there is nothing that can make them fall.
166 I wait for you to save me, Lord,
    and I do what you command.
167 I obey your teachings;
    I love them with all my heart.
168 I obey your commands and your instructions;
    you see everything I do.

A Prayer for Help

169 Let my cry for help reach you, Lord!
    Give me understanding, as you have promised.
170 Listen to my prayer,
    and save me according to your promise!
171 I will always praise you,
    because you teach me your laws.
172 I will sing about your law,
    because your commands are just.
173 Always be ready to help me,
    because I follow your commands.
174 How I long for your saving help, O Lord!
    I find happiness in your law.
175 Give me life, so that I may praise you;
    may your instructions help me.
176 I wander about like a lost sheep;
    so come and look for me, your servant,
    because I have not neglected your laws.

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