Psalm 143

1  A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

2  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

3  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

4  Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

5  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

6  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

7  Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

9  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

10  Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

11  Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12  And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.