Psalm 143

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; 1give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your 2faithfulness answer me, in your 3righteousness!
2 4Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous 5before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul; 6he has crushed my life to the ground; 7he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit 8faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
5 9I remember the days of old; 10I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
6 11I stretch out my hands to you; 12my soul thirsts for you like 13a parched land. Selah
7 14Answer me quickly, O LORD! 15My spirit fails! 16Hide not your face from me, 17lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 18Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I 19trust. 20Make me know the way I should go, 21for to you I lift up my soul.
9 22Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD! I have fled to you for refuge!a
10 23Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! 24Let your good Spirit 25lead me on 26level ground!
11 27For your name's sake, O LORD, 28preserve my life! In your righteousness 29bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will 30cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your 31servant.
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