Psalm 143

1 A melody of David.
O Jehovah, hear my prayer; Listen to my plea for help. In your faithfulness and in your righteousness, answer me.

2 Do not enter into judgment with your servant, For no one living can be righteous before you.

3 For the enemy pursues me; He has crushed my life into the ground. He has caused me to dwell in darkness like those long dead.

4 My spirit is failing; My heart is numb within me.

5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your activity; I eagerly ponder over the work of your hands.

6 I spread out my hands to you; I am like a parched land that thirsts for you.

7 Do answer me quickly, O Jehovah; My strength has come to an end. Do not hide your face from me, Or I will be like those going down into the pit.

8 Let me hear your loyal love in the morning, For I trust in you. Make known to me the way I should walk, For to you I turn.

9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Jehovah. I seek your protection.

10 Teach me to do your will, For you are my God. Your spirit is good; May it lead me on level ground.

11 For the sake of your name, O Jehovah, preserve me alive. In your righteousness, rescue me from distress.

12 In your loyal love, put an end to my enemies; Destroy all those harassing me, For I am your servant.