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Psalm 142 (143)

A prayer in time of trouble
“A man is made righteous not by obedience to the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 2, 16).

Lord, listen to my prayer:
  turn your ear to my appeal.
  You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgement
  for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
  he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
  like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
  my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
  I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
  and to you I stretch out my hands.
  Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
  for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
  lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
  for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
  to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
  I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
  for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
  in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.