1 «A Psalm of David.» Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications:That is, as you have promised to be faithful in your promise to all who trust in you.in thy faithfulness answer me, [and] in thyThat is, according to your free goodness, by which you defend your own.righteousness.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thyHe know that his afflictions were God's messengers to call him to repentance for his sins, though toward his enemies he was innocent, and in God's sight all men are sinners.sight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have beenHe acknowledges that God is the only and true physician and heal him: and that he is able to raise him to life, though he were dead long ago, and turned to ashes.long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; mySo that only by faith and by the grace of God's Spirit was he upheld.heart within me is desolate.
5 I remember theThat is, your great benefits of old, and the manifold examples of your favour towards your own.days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth mine hands vnto thee: my soule desireth after thee, as the thirstie land. Selah.
7 Heare me speedily, O Lorde, for my spirit fayleth: hide not thy face from me, els I shall be like vnto them that go downe into the pit.
8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in theThat is, speedily and in due season.morning; for in thee do I trust:Let your Holy Spirit counsel me how to come forth from these great cares and troubles.cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies:I hid myself under the shadow of your wings that I might be defended by your power.I flee unto thee to hide me.
10 He confesses that both the knowledge and obedience of God's will comes by the Spirit of God, who teaches us by his word, gives understanding by his Spirit, and frames our hearts by his grace to obey him.Teach me toThat is, justly and aright, for as soon as we decline from God's will, we fall into error.do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Names sake, and for thy righteousnesse bring my soule out of trouble.
12 And of thy mercyWhich will be a sign of your fatherly kindness toward me.cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I [am] thyResigning myself wholly to you, and trusting in your protection.servant.