Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy.
Be Your faithful and righteous self and come to my relief.
Don’t bring me, Your servant, to judgment – no one living is righteous compared to You.

The enemy pursues me, crushes me, makes me hide and live at night. I’m tired and depressed.

I remember the past – I meditate on what You have done.
I ask Your help, praise Your name. My soul thirsts for You.

Hurry and answer, my spirit faints with longing.
Don’t hide from me or I’ll be like those who go to hell.
Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.
Show me which way I should go. I lift up my soul to You to make it easier for You to show me.
Rescue me from my enemies – I hide myself in You so my enemies will have a harder time finding me.
Teach me to do Your will – You are my God. May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground, steady in You.

For Your name’s sake, preserve my life.
In Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies, destroy my foes. I am Your servant.
 

 

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Psalm 142

I cry aloud to God.  I ask for mercy.

I complain and tell Him my trouble.

 

When my spirit grows faint and is ready to give up, it is You who knows my way.

Men have hidden a snare for me where I walk.  No one cares.  I have no safe place.

 

I cry to You.  You are my refuge, my safe place.  You are my share of life.

Listen to my cry, for I’m in desperate need.  Rescue me from my pursuers – they’re too strong for me.

Set me free from my prison of fear and enemy territory, that I may praise Your name.

Then the righteous will gather around and follow me with confidence because of Your goodness to me.

Psalm 141

Lord, I call to You. Come quickly to me.  Hear my voice when I call to You.

May my prayer be like incense – sweet and pleasing.  May my worship be like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard over my mouth – keep watch over the door of my lips.  Help me to control my tongue – to   say only what glorifies You.

Don’t let me heart be drawn to what is evil – keep me from its enticement.

Let a righteous man strike me – it’s kindness and refreshing to be reprimanded by a godly man.

My prayer is against evildoers – destroy their rulers, destroy and scatter them – humiliate them.

My eyes are fixed on You.  In You I take refuge from death.  Keep me from the snares and traps of the evildoers.  Let them fall into their own traps and snares, while I pass by in safety.

God’s Eyes

“For His eyes watch over a man’s ways, and He observes all his steps.” Job 34:21 (CSB)

“For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps.” (NASB)

 

Your eyes are always upon all my ways.  The way I think, the way I feel, the way I see and hear, the way I speak, the way I respond.  You see all my steps – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

You know everything about me, including what I don’t know and what I don’t choose to know.  You know why I’m the way I am and You understand why I’m that way.

You see all my steps – the steps I take toward You and the ones that lead me away.  You’re delighted when I walk to the great room to spend time with You, when I think about You and Your word, , when I feel Your love and pass it along to others, when I reach the place where we become one.  You are saddened when I walk to the TV to lose myself in a movie to avoid reality, when thoughts about myself and my life crowd Your thoughts out, when I allow my feelings of loss and lack to crowd out Your awareness of Your abundance, when I deliberately tune You out in order to avoid facing the sinful truth about myself.

Yours are not the eyes of harshness, selfishness, criticism or judgment.  Yours are the true eyes of boundless and relentless love.

 

Psalm 140

Rescue me from evil, violent men.  Protect me.

Rescue and protect me from those who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up arguments every day.  They make their tongues as sharp as a snake’s – poisonous too.

Keep me from the hand of the wicked.  Protect me from those who plan to trip me.  Proud, holier than me men have hidden a snare, spread out a net and set traps.

You are my God.  Hear my cry.  Have mercy.

You are my strong deliverer.  You shield my head in the day of battle.  You protect my thoughts from negative influences.

Don’t let the wicked have their way or they will become proud.

Let those who are causing me trouble experience the same trouble – let it boomerang back on them.  Punish them.  Don’t establish them.  May disaster hunt them down.

God secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Surely the righteous will praise You and the upright will live before You.

 

Psalm 139

God has searched me – from top to bottom and inside out.

God knows me.  Good and bad, top to bottom and inside out.

You know when I sit and rise – my every movement.

You perceive my thoughts from afar.  What no one else even suspects, You know in every detail.

You know my working, all my routines and habits.

Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely O Lord.  You know what I will say before I say it.

You hem me in – behind and before – I am protected on all sides.

You have laid Your hand upon me – to guide, protect, shape.

I can never know what You know.  Just trying to understand the extent of what You know is too much for me.

Where can I go away from Your Spirit?

Where can I flee from Your presence?

You are in the heavens, the depths of the oceans, the dawn, the ends of the earth.  You are everywhere.

Your hand guides and holds me fast to keep me from slipping.

Even darkness is as light to You and cannot hide from You.

You created my soul.  You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I am wonderfully made.

My life was mapped out in Your book before I was born.

How precious are Your thoughts for me, about me.  How vast is the sum of them!  More than all the grains of sand.

When I am awake, I am still with You.

If only God would slay the wicked!  The world would be perfect!  The evil speak shamefully about God.  I hate those who hate You.  Your enemies are my enemies.

Search me.  Know my heart.  Test me.  Know my thoughts.  Remove anything that offends You.  Lead me to eternal life.

Psalm 138

I will praise You O Lord with all my heart – with everything I have.  Before the “gods” (what other people consider most important) I will sing Your praise, making You most important.

I will bow down towards Your house and will praise Your name for Your love and faithfulness through and in spite of all the other “gods”.  For You have put Your name and Your word above all “gods”, above all things.

When I called You answered me; You made me bold and stouthearted to face the other “gods” and people’s opinions and feelings about them.

May all kings, presidents, governors, statesmen and trustees praise You when they hear the words of Your mouth.

May they sing of the ways of God, for Your glory and perfection are great.

Though God is on high, He looks upon the lowly and humble and keeps an eye on them.  But the proud He knows from afar – He doesn’t help them as much.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life and keep me safe.  You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes to keep it from harming me, with Your right hand You save me.

God will fulfill His purpose for me in spite of “gods” and enemies.  God’s love endures forever.  Do not abandon the works of Your hands – do not abandon me or Your purpose for me.