A Prayer of Trust

561 Be gracious to me, O God , for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. 2 My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. 3 When I am afraid , I will put my trust in You. 4 In God , whose word I praise , In God I have put my trust ; I shall not be afraid . What can mere man do to me? 5 All day long they distort my words ; All their thoughts are against me for evil . 6 They attack , they lurk , They watch my steps , As they have waited to take my life . 7 Because of wickedness , cast them forth , In anger put down the peoples , O God !

8 You have taken account of my wanderings ; Put my tears in Your bottle . Are they not in Your book ? 9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call ; This I know , that God is for me. 10 In God , whose word I praise , In the Lord , whose word I praise , 11 In God I have put my trust , I shall not be afraid . What can man do to me? 12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God ; I will render thank offerings to You. 13 For You have delivered my soul from death , Indeed my feet from stumbling , So that I may walk before God In the light of the living .

A Prayer for Deliverance from Deceitfulness

1201 In my trouble I cried to the Lord , And He answered me. 2 Deliver my soul , O Lord , from lying lips , From a deceitful tongue . 3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue ? 4 Sharp arrows of the warrior , With the burning coals of the broom tree .

5 Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech , For I dwell among the tents of Kedar ! 6 Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace . 7 I am for peace , but when I speak , They are for war .

A Prayer for Protection against Persecutors

1401 Rescue me, O Lord , from evil men ; Preserve me from violent men 2 Who devise evil things in their hearts ; They continually e stir up wars . 3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent ; Poison of a viper is under their lips . Selah . 4 Keep me, O Lord , from the hands of the wicked ; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet . 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords ; They have spread a net by the wayside ; They have set snares for me. Selah . 6 I said to the Lord , "You are my God ; Give ear , O Lord , to the voice of my supplications . 7 "O GOD the Lord , the strength of my salvation , You have covered my head in the day of battle .

8 "Do not grant , O Lord , the desires of the wicked ; Do not promote his evil device , that they not be exalted . Selah . 9 "As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them. 10 "May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire , Into deep pits from which they cannot rise . 11 "May a slanderer e not be established in the earth ; May evil hunt the violent man speedily ." 12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor . 13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name ; The upright will dwell in Your presence .

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

1411 O Lord , I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! 2 May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering . 3 Set a guard , O Lord , over my mouth ; Keep watch over the door of my lips . 4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing , To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity ; And do not let me eat of their delicacies .

5 Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head ; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds . 6 Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock , And they hear my words , for they are pleasant . 7 As when one plows and breaks open the earth , Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol . 8 For my eyes are toward You, O GOD , the Lord ; In You I take refuge ; do not leave me defenseless e . 9 Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity . 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets , While I pass by safely .

A Prayer for Help in Trouble

1421 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord ; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord . 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path . In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me.

4 Look to the right and see ; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul . 5 I cried out to You, O Lord ; I said , "You are my refuge , My portion in the land of the living . 6 " Give heed to my cry , For I am brought very low ; Deliver me from my persecutors , For they are too strong for me. 7 " Bring my soul out of prison , So that I may give thanks to Your name ; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me."