A Prayer for Vindication

71 O Lord my God , in You I have taken refuge ; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, 2 Or he will tear my soul like a lion , Dragging me away , while there is none to deliver . 3 O Lord my God , if I have done this , If there is injustice in my hands , 4 If I have rewarded evil to my friend , Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary , 5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust . Selah . 6 Arise , O Lord , in Your anger ; Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries , And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment . 7 Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You, And over them return on high . 8 The Lord judges the peoples ; Vindicate me, O Lord , according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me. 9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end , but establish the righteous ; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds .

10 My shield is with God , Who saves the upright in heart . 11 God is a righteous judge , And a God who has indignation every day . 12 If a man does not repent , He will sharpen His sword ; He has bent His bow and made it ready . 13 He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons ; He makes His arrows fiery shafts . 14 Behold , he travails with wickedness , And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood . 15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made . 16 His mischief will return upon his own head , And his violence will descend upon his own pate . 17 I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High .

The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation

271 The Lord is my light and my salvation ; Whom shall I fear ? The Lord is the defense of my life ; Whom shall I dread ? 2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh , My adversaries and my enemies , they stumbled and fell . 3 Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear ; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident . 4 One thing I have asked from the Lord , that I shall seek : That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life , To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple . 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle ; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock . 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy ; I will sing , yes, I will sing praises to the Lord .

7 Hear , O Lord , when I cry with my voice , And be gracious to me and answer me. 8 When You said, " Seek My face ," my heart said to You, "Your face , O Lord , I shall seek ." 9 Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger ; You have been my help ; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation ! 10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me Your way , O Lord , And lead me in a level path Because of my foes . 12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries , For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence . 13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living . 14 Wait for the Lord ; Be strong and let your heart take courage ; Yes, wait for the Lord .

A Profession of Trust

311 In You, O Lord , I have taken refuge ; Let me never e be ashamed ; In Your righteousness deliver me. 2 Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly ; Be to me a rock of strength , A stronghold to save me. 3 For You are my rock and my fortress ; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. 4 You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength . 5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit ; You have ransomed me, O Lord , God of truth . 6 I hate those who regard vain idols , But I trust in the Lord . 7 I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness , Because You have seen my affliction ; You have known the troubles of my soul , 8 And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy ; You have set my feet in a large place .

9 Be gracious to me, O Lord , for I am in distress ; My eye is wasted away from grief , my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing ; My strength has failed because of my iniquity , And my body has wasted away . 11 Because of all my adversaries , I have become a reproach , Especially to my neighbors , And an object of dread to my acquaintances ; Those who see me in the street flee from me. 12 I am forgotten as a dead man , out of mind ; I am like a broken vessel . 13 For I have heard the slander of many , Terror is on every side ; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life . 14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord , I say , " You are my God ." 15 My times are in Your hand ; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 16 Make Your face to shine upon Your servant ; Save me in Your lovingkindness . 17 Let me not be put to shame , O Lord , for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame , let them be silent in Sheol . 18 Let the lying lips be mute , Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt .

19 How great is Your goodness , Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men ! 20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man ; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues . 21 Blessed be the Lord , For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city . 22 As for me, I said in my alarm , "I am cut off from before Your eyes "; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You. 23 O love the Lord , all you His godly ones ! The Lord preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer . 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage , All you who hope in the Lord .

Praise for Deliverance from Troubles

341 I will bless the Lord at all times ; His praise shall continually be in my mouth . 2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord ; The humble will hear it and rejoice . 3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together . 4 I sought the Lord , and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears . 5 They looked to Him and were radiant , And their faces will never be ashamed . 6 This poor man cried , and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles . 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is good ; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! 9 O fear the Lord , you His saints ; For to those who fear Him there is no want . 10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger ; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing .

11 Come , you children , listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord . 12 Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good ? 13 Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit . 14 Depart from evil and do good ; Seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry . 16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers , To cut off the memory of them from the earth . 17 The righteous cry , and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles . 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted e And saves those who are crushed in spirit . 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous , But the Lord delivers him out of them all . 20 He keeps all his bones , Not one of them is broken . 21 Evil shall slay the wicked , And those who hate the righteous will be condemned . 22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants , And none e of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned .

The Futility of Boastful Wickedness

521 Why do you boast in evil , O mighty man ? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long. 2 Your tongue devises destruction , Like a sharp razor , O worker of deceit . 3 You love evil more than good , Falsehood more than speaking what is right . Selah . 4 You love all words that devour , O deceitful tongue . 5 But God will break you down forever ; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent , And uproot you from the land of the living . Selah .

6 The righteous will see and fear , And will laugh at him, saying, 7 "Behold , the man who would not make God his refuge , But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire ." 8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God ; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever . 9 I will give You thanks forever , because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name , for it is good , in the presence of Your godly ones .