Hour of Mercy: Psalm 143 (Grail)

1 Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
2 Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

3 The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
4 Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

5 I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
6 and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

7 Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

8 In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

9 Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.
12 In your love make an end of my foes;
destroy all those who oppress me
for I am your servant, O Lord.

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