1 Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; ♦
answer me in your righteousness.
2 Enter not into judgement with your servant, ♦
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
3 For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing my life to the ground, ♦
making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 My spirit faints within me; ♦
my heart within me is desolate.
5 I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; ♦
I consider the works of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you; ♦
my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.
7 O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; ♦
hide not your face from me
lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
8 Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for in you I put my trust; ♦
show me the way I should walk in,
for I lift up my soul to you.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies, ♦
for I flee to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; ♦
let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
11 Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake; ♦
for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
and destroy all the adversaries of my soul, ♦
for truly I am your servant.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.