I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering your promise.
In your love, listen to me; in your justice, God, keep me alive.
As those out to get me come closer and closer, they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal;
But you're the closest of all to me, God, and all your judgments true.
I've known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.
Take a good look at my trouble, and help me - I haven't forgotten your revelation.
Take my side and get me out of this; give me back my life, just as you promised.
"Salvation" is only gibberish to the wicked because they've never looked it up in your dictionary.
Your mercies, God, run into the billions; following your guidelines, revive me.
My antagonists are too many to count, but I don't swerve from the directions you gave.
I took one look at the quitters and was filled with loathing; they walked away from your promises so casually!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)