Psalms 143

I Stretch Out My Hands to You

1 A Psalm of David. O LORD, hear my prayer. In Your faithfulness, give ear to my plea; in Your righteousness, answer me. 2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous before You. 3 For the enemy has pursued my soul, crushing my life to the ground, making me dwell in darkness like those long since dead. 4 My spirit grows faint within me; my heart is dismayed inside me. 5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I consider the work of Your hands. 6 I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah 7 Answer me quickly, O 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 me hear Your loving devotion in the morning, for I have put my trust in You. Teach me the way I should walk, for to You I lift up my soul. 9 Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD; I flee to You for refuge.
One Hebrew manuscript, LXX; most Hebrew manuscripts In You I take cover
10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness, bring my soul out of trouble. 12 And in Your loving devotion, cut off my enemies. Wipe out all who afflict me, for I am Your servant.
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