A melody of David.
143 O Jehovah, hear my prayer;+
Listen to my plea for help.
In your faithfulness and in your righteousness, answer me.
2 Do not enter into judgment with your servant,
For no one living can be righteous before you.+
3 For the enemy pursues me;
He has crushed my life into the ground.
He has caused me to dwell in darkness like those long dead.
4 My spirit is failing;+
My heart is numb within me.+
5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all your activity;+
I eagerly ponder over the work of your hands.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
I am like a parched land that thirsts for you.+ (Selah)
7 Do answer me quickly, O Jehovah;+
My strength has come to an end.+
Do not hide your face from me,+
Or I will be like those going down into the pit.+
8 Let me hear your loyal love in the morning,
For I trust in you.
Make known to me the way I should walk,+
For to you I turn.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Jehovah.
I seek your protection.+
10 Teach me to do your will,+
For you are my God.
Your spirit is good;
May it lead me on level ground.
11 For the sake of your name, O Jehovah, preserve me alive.
In your righteousness, rescue me from distress.+
12 In your loyal love, put an end to my enemies;+
Destroy all those harassing me,+
For I am your servant.+