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Psalm 143

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

A Psalm of David.

1

Hear my prayer, O Lord;

give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;

answer me in your righteousness.

2

Do not enter into judgment with your servant,

for no one living is righteous before you.

 

3

For the enemy has pursued me,

crushing my life to the ground,

making me sit in darkness like those long dead.

4

Therefore my spirit faints within me;

my heart within me is appalled.

 

5

I remember the days of old,

I think about all your deeds,

I meditate on the works of your hands.

6

I stretch out my hands to you;

my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.Selah

 

7

Answer me quickly, O Lord;

my spirit fails.

Do not hide your face from me,

or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.

8

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,

for in you I put my trust.

Teach me the way I should go,

for to you I lift up my soul.

 

9

Save me, O Lord, from my enemies;

I have fled to you for refuge.

10

Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God.

Let your good spirit lead me

on a level path.

 

11

For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life.

In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.

12

In your steadfast love cut off my enemies,

and destroy all my adversaries,

for I am your servant.


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Verses 1–6

We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which he has freely given us, and caused us to hope in. David, before he prays for the removal of his trouble, prays for the pardon of his sin, and depends upon mercy alone for it. He bemoans the weight upon his mind from outward troubles. But he looks back, and remembers God's former appearance for his afflicted people, and for him in particular. He looks round, and notices the works of God. The more we consider the power of God, the less we shall fear the face or force of man. He looks up with earnest desires towards God and his favour. This is the best course we can take, when our spirits are overwhelmed. The believer will not forget, that in his best actions he is a sinner. Meditation and prayer will recover us from distresses; and then the mourning soul strives to return to the Lord as the infant stretches out its hands to the indulgent mother, and thirsts for his consolations as the parched ground for refreshing rain.

Verses 7–12

David prays that God would be well pleased with him, and let him know that he was so. He pleads the wretchedness of his case, if God withdrew from him. But the night of distress and discouragement shall end in a morning of consolation and praise. He prays that he might be enlightened with the knowledge of God's will; and this is the first work of the Spirit. A good man does not ask the way in which is the most pleasant walking, but what is the right way. Not only show me what thy will is, but teach me how to do it. Those who have the Lord for their God, have his Spirit for their Guide; they are led by the Spirit. He prays that he might be enlivened to do God's will. But we should especially seek the destruction of our sins, our worst enemies, that we may be devotedly God's servants.




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