Psalm 143 New International Version

A Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance

143 Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. 2  Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. 3  The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. 4  So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. 5  I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. 6  I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.[1]

7  Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. 8  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. 9  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. 10  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11  For your name's sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. 12  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Footnotes

[1] 143:6 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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