18 A Song of Entreaty
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 My spirit faints within me; ♦
my heart within me is desolate.
4 I stretch out my hands to you; ♦
my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.
5 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.
6 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.
7 Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; ♦
let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
8 Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake; ♦
for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.