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-Praying Psalm 69

by Request ~ August 19th, 2015

Of David.
69 Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.[1]
2 I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
3 I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God.

4 More in number than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?
5 O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,
O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
O God of Israel.
7 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that dishonor has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s sons.

9 For zeal for your house has consumed me,
and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and humbled[2] my soul with fasting,
it became my reproach.
11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make songs about me.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14 Deliver me
from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
and from the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
17 Hide not your face from your servant;
for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies!

19 You know my reproach,
and my shame and my dishonor;
my foes are all known to you.
20 Reproaches have broken my heart,
so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me poison for food,
and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

22 Let their own table before them become a snare;
and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.[3]
23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,
and make their loins tremble continually.
24 Pour out your indignation upon them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 May their camp be a desolation;
let no one dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute him whom you have struck down,
and they recount the pain of those you have wounded.
27 Add to them punishment upon punishment;
may they have no acquittal from you.[4]
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
let them not be enrolled among the righteous.

29 But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, set me on high!

30 I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.
32 When the humble see it they will be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
33 For the Lord hears the needy
and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them.
35 For God will save Zion
and build up the cities of Judah,
and people shall dwell there and possess it;
36 the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall dwell in it. (ESV)

Footnotes:

1. Or waters threaten my life

2. Hebrew lacks and humbled

3. Hebrew; a slight revocalization yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome) a snare, and retribution and a trap

4. Hebrew may they not come into your righteousness

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Our Father,

More in number than the hairs of our heads are those who hate us without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy us because we have taken the name of your Son.

Let not those who hope in you and your Son be put to shame, O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor for no cause except they spread your name through all the earth.

In the abundance of your steadfast love answer us in your saving faithfulness. Deliver your church from sinking in the mire; let us be delivered from our enemies; let not the flood sweep over us or the deep swallow us up, or the pit close its mouth over us.

Please answer us, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn unto us and hide not your face from your servants for we are in distress; make haste to answer us with your blessings and let your love be a banner over us.

Draw near to us, for our souls have been redeemed by your Son for all eternity; but we need your guidance in this life to keep us from our enemies and from the clutches of the evil one and his minions.

Let your salvation, O God, set us on high; We will praise your name with a song;
We will magnify you with thanksgiving and all those who hear the good news of your Kingdom will join the singing.

By your Holy Spirit help us to become humble and prepared to received an abundance of your Spirit and be glad. Let us see your face and let your Kingdom come down in our midst and change us and lift up your church to fulfill its destiny.

Let the enemy be turned away and let his minions be discouraged. Let our hearts be revived with hope, and let your Spirit hover over those we minister to and bless them in a special way. Bring healing and miracles and confirm the word of your Kingdom.

Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven; let it come down first in the midst of your servants and your church and then to all the world.

Then heaven and earth will praise your name and the evil one will be put to shame. Then the day will come when your word is fulfilled; when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christi is Lord to your everlasting glory.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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