A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my supplications! In thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with thy servant; for no man living is righteous before thee.
For the enemy has pursued me; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
I remember the days of old, I meditate on all that thou hast done; I muse on what thy hands have wrought.
I stretch out my hands to thee; my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land. [Selah]
Make haste to answer me, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not thy face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear in the morning of thy steadfast love, for in thee I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to thee I lift up my soul.
Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies! I have fled to thee for refuge!
Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God! Let thy good spirit lead me on a level path!
For thy name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life! In thy righteousness bring me out of trouble!
And in thy steadfast love cut off my enemies, and destroy all my adversaries, for I am thy servant.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)