|(1) Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications:
in thy faithfulness answer me, [and] in thy righteousness.
(2) And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in
thy sight shall no man living be justified.
(3) For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down
to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have
been long dead.
(4) Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is
(5) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on
the work of thy hands.
(6) I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul [thirsteth] after thee,
as a thirsty land. Selah.
(7) Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from
me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
(8) Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I
trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my
soul unto thee.
(9) Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
(10) Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is]
good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
(11) Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness'
sake bring my soul out of trouble.
(12) And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that
afflict my soul: for I [am] thy servant.
(12) In your kindness put an end to my foes;
destroy all who attack me, for I am your servant. NAB
(12) "for I am your servant." That
is the reason given for the call for protection. In marriage the husband
promises to love honor and cherish. Cherish included protection. In
return the wife promises to love honor and obey. Likewise, God promised
Israel, "I will love honor and cherish. Israel promised to love
honor and obey. That is the essence of the Old Covenant. In government,
the king owes protection to those servants who obey. It is the ancient
principle of Obedience and Protection When you obey God, in
return He owes to you protection.