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[a] Don’t Fail Me, God!

King David’s poetic praise to God

25 Always I will lift up my soul into your presence, Yahweh.
Be there for me, my God, for I keep trusting in you.
    Don’t allow my foes to gloat over me or
    the shame of defeat to overtake me.
Could anyone be disgraced
    when he has entwined his heart with yours?
    But my foes will all be defeated and ashamed
    when they harm the innocent.
Direct me, Yahweh, throughout my journey
    so I can experience your plans for my life.
    Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.
Escort me into your truth; take me by the hand and teach me.[b]
    For you are the God of my salvation;
    I have wrapped my heart into yours all day long![c]
6–7 Forgive my failures as a young man,
    and overlook the sins of my immaturity.
    Give me grace, Yahweh! Always look at me
    through your eyes of love—
    your forgiving eyes of mercy and compassion.
    When you think of me, see me as one you love and care for.
How good you are to me!
    When people turn to you, Yahweh,
    they discover how easy you are to please—so faithful and true!
    Joyfully you teach them the proper path,
    even when they go astray.
Keep showing the humble your path,
    and lead them into the best decision.
    Bring revelation-light that trains them in the truth.
10 Loving are all the ways of Yahweh, loving and faithful for those who keep his covenant.
11 For the honor of your name, Yahweh,
    never count my many sins, and forgive them all—
    lift their burden off of my life![d]
12 Who are they that live in the holy fear of Yahweh?
    You will show them the right path to take.
13 Then prosperity and favor will be their portion,
    and their descendants will inherit the earth.
14 There’s a private place reserved for the devoted lovers of Yahweh,
    where they sit near him and receive
    the revelation-secrets of his promises.[e]
15 Rescue me, Yahweh, for you free my feet from every trap.
16 Sorrows fill my heart as I feel helpless, mistreated—
    I’m all alone and in misery!
    Come closer to me now, for I need your mercy.
17 Turn to me, for my problems seem to be going from bad to worse.
    Only you can free me from all these troubles!
18 Until you lift this burden, the burden of all my sins,
    my troubles and trials will be more than I can handle.
    Can’t you feel my pain?
19 Vicious, violent[f] enemies hate me.
    There are so many, Lord. Can’t you see?
20 Will you protect me from their power against me? I have taken shelter in you.
    Let it never be said that when I trusted you,
    you didn’t come to my rescue.
21 Your perfection and faithfulness are my bodyguards,
    for you are my hope and I trust in you as my only protection.
22 Zealously, God, we ask you
    to come save Israel from all her troubles,
    for you provide the ransom price for your people![g]


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