1 «A Prayer of David.» Bow downDavid, when persecuted by Saul, prayed this way, leaving the same to the Church as a monument, how to seek relief against their miseries.thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I [am] poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I [am]I am not an enemy to them, but I pity them even though they are cruel to me.holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for IWhich was a fair token that he believed that God would deliver him.cry unto thee daily.
4 Reioyce the soule of thy seruant: for vnto thee, O Lord, doe I lift vp my soule.
5 For thou, Lord, [art] good, andHe confesses that God is good to all but only merciful to poor sinners.ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; andBy crying and calling continually he shows how we must not be weary, even though God does not immediately grant our request but that we must earnestly and often call on him.attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call vpon thee: for thou hearest me.
8 Among the gods [there is] none like unto thee, O Lord; neitherHe condemns all idols as they can do nothing to declare that they are gods.[are there any works] like unto thy works.
9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come andThis proves that David prayed in the Name of Christ the Messiah of whose kingdom he here prophecies.worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
10 For thou art great and doest wonderous things: thou art God alone.
11 He confesses himself ignorant till God has taught him, and his heart variable and separate from God, till God join it to him, and confirm it in his obedience.Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
12 I wil prayse thee, O Lord my God, with all mine heart: yea, I wil glorifie thy Name for euer.
13 For great [is] thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul fromThat is, from most great danger of death: out of which none but the almighty hand of God could deliver him.the lowest hell.
14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent [men] haveHe shows that there can be no moderation or equity where proud tyrants reign, and that the lack of God's fear is as a privilege to all vice and cruelty.sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
15 But thou, O Lorde, art a pitifull God and mercifull, slowe to anger and great in kindenes and trueth.
16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save theHe boasts not of his own virtues, but confesses that God of his free goodness has always been merciful to him, and given him power against his enemies, as to one of his own household.son of thine handmaid.
17 Shew a token of thy goodnes towarde me, that they which hate me, may see it, and be ashamed, because thou, O Lord, hast holpen me and comforted me.