A Prayer for Victory
201 May the Lord give ear to you in the day of trouble; may you be placed on high by the name of the God of Jacob; 2 May he send you help from the holy place, and give you strength from Zion; 3 May he keep all your offerings in mind, and be pleased with the fat of your burned offerings; (Selah.) 4 May he give you your heart's desire, and put all your purposes into effect. 5 We will be glad in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will put up our flags: may the Lord give you all your requests.
6 Now am I certain that the Lord gives salvation to his king; he will give him an answer from his holy heaven with the strength of salvation in his right hand. 7 Some put their faith in carriages and some in horses; but we will be strong in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They are bent down and made low; but we have been lifted up. 9 Come to our help, Lord: let the king give ear to our cry.
Praise for Deliverance from the Enemy
211 The king will be glad in your strength, O Lord; how great will be his delight in your salvation! 2 You have given him his heart's desire, and have not kept back the request of his lips. (Selah.) 3 For you go before him with the blessings of good things: you put a crown of fair gold on his head. 4 He made request to you for life, and you gave it to him, long life for ever and ever. 5 His glory is great in your salvation: honour and authority have you put on him. 6 For you have made him a blessing for ever: you have given him joy in the light of your face.
7 For the king has faith in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High he will not be moved. 8 Your hand will make a search for all your haters; your right hand will be hard on all those who are against you. 9 You will make them like a flaming oven before you; the Lord in his wrath will put an end to them, and they will be burned up in the fire. 10 Their fruit will be cut off from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. 11 For their thoughts were bitter against you: they had an evil design in their minds, which they were not able to put into effect. 12 Their backs will be turned when you make ready the cords of your bow against their faces. 13 Be lifted up, O Lord, in your strength; so will we make songs in praise of your power.
A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise
221 My God, my God, why are you turned away from me? why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my crying? 2 O my God, I make my cry in the day, and you give no answer; and in the night, and have no rest. 3 But you are holy, O you who are seated among the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers had faith in you: they had faith and you were their saviour. 5 They sent up their cry to you and were made free: they put their faith in you and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man; cursed by men, and looked down on by the people. 7 I am laughed at by all those who see me: pushing out their lips and shaking their heads they say, 8 He put his faith in the Lord; let the Lord be his saviour now: let the Lord be his saviour, because he had delight in him. 9 But it was you who took care of me from the day of my birth: you gave me faith even from my mother's breasts. 10 I was in your hands even before my birth; you are my God from the time when I was in my mother's body.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near; there is no one to give help. 12 A great herd of oxen is round me: I am shut in by the strong oxen of Bashan. 13 I saw their mouths wide open, like lions crying after food. 14 I am flowing away like water, and all my bones are out of place: my heart is like wax, it has become soft in my body. 15 My throat is dry like a broken vessel; my tongue is fixed to the roof of my mouth, and the dust of death is on my lips. 16 Dogs have come round me: I am shut in by the band of evil-doers; they made wounds in my hands and feet. 17 I am able to see all my bones; their looks are fixed on me: 18 They make a division of my robes among them, by the decision of chance they take my clothing. 19 Do not be far from me, O Lord: O my strength, come quickly to my help. 20 Make my soul safe from the sword, my life from the power of the dog. 21 Be my saviour from the lion's mouth; let me go free from the horns of the cruel oxen.
22 I will give the knowledge of your name to my brothers: I will give you praise among the people. 23 You who have fear of the Lord, give him praise; all you seed of Jacob, give him glory; go in fear of him, all you seed of Israel. 24 For he has not been unmoved by the pain of him who is troubled; or kept his face covered from him; but he has given an answer to his cry. 25 My praise will be of you in the great meeting: I will make my offerings before his worshippers. 26 The poor will have a feast of good things: those who make search for the Lord will give him praise: your heart will have life for ever. 27 All the ends of the earth will keep it in mind and be turned to the Lord: all the families of the nations will give him worship. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord's; he is the ruler among the nations. 29 All the fat ones of the earth will give him worship; all those who go down to the dust will make themselves low before him, even he who has not enough for the life of his soul. 30 A seed will be his servant; the doings of the Lord will be made clear to the generation which comes after. 31 They will come and make his righteousness clear to a people of the future because he has done this.