Psalms 140-144 - Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

Psalm 140

Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.


1 Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men;

Preserve me from violent men

2 Who devise evil things in their hearts;

They continually stir up wars.

3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;

Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah.


4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands

of the wicked;

Preserve me from violent men

Who have purposed to trip up my feet.

5 The proud have hidden a trap for me,

and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set snares for me. Selah.


6 I said to the LORD, "You are my God;

Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my

supplications.

7 "O GOD the Lord, the strength of

my salvation,

You have covered my head in the day

of battle.

8 "Do not grant, O LORD, the desires

of the wicked;

Do not promote his evil device, that

they not be exalted. Selah.


9 "As for the head of those who

surround me,

May the mischief of their lips cover them.

10 "May burning coals fall upon them;

May they be cast into the fire,

Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

11 "May a slanderer not be established

in the earth;

May evil hunt the violent man speedily."


12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.


Psalm 141

An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection.

Psalm of David.


1 O LORD, I call upon You; hasten to me!

Give ear to my voice when I call to You!

2 May my prayer be counted as incense

before You;

The lifting up of my hands as the evening

offering.

3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;

Keep watch over the door of my lips.

4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,

To practice deeds of wickedness

With men who do iniquity;

And do not let me eat of their delicacies.


5 Let the righteous smite me in kindness

and reprove me;

It is oil upon the head;

Do not let my head refuse it,

For still my prayer is against their wicked

deeds.

6 Their judges are thrown down by the

sides of the rock,

And they hear my words, for they are

pleasant.

7 As when one plows and breaks open

the earth,

Our bones have been scattered at the

mouth of Sheol.


8 For my eyes are toward You, O GOD,

the Lord;

In You I take refuge; do not leave me

defenseless.

9 Keep me from the jaws of the trap

which they have set for me,

And from the snares of those who do

iniquity.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

While I pass by safely.


Psalm 142

Prayer for Help in Trouble.

of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.


1 I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD;

I make supplication with my voice to

the LORD.

2 I pour out my complaint before Him;

I declare my trouble before Him.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed

within me,

You knew my path.

In the way where I walk

They have hidden a trap for me.

4 Look to the right and see;

For there is no one who regards me;

There is no escape for me;

No one cares for my soul.


5 I cried out to You, O LORD;

I said, "You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.

6 "Give heed to my cry,

For I am brought very low;

Deliver me from my persecutors,

For they are too strong for me.

7 "Bring my soul out of prison,

So that I may give thanks to Your name;

The righteous will surround me,

For You will deal bountifully with me."


Psalm 143

Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance.

Psalm of David.


1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,

Give ear to my supplications!

Answer me in Your faithfulness,

in Your righteousness!

2 And do not enter into judgment with

Your servant,

For in Your sight no man living is righteous.

3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;

He has crushed my life to the ground;

He has made me dwell in dark places,

like those who have long been dead.

4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed

within me;

My heart is appalled within me.


5 I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Your doings;

I muse on the work of Your hands.

6 I stretch out my hands to You;

My soul longs for You, as a parched

land. Selah.


7 Answer me quickly, O LORD, my

spirit fails;

Do not hide Your face from me,

Or I will become like those who go

down to the pit.

8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness

in the morning;

For I trust in You;

Teach me the way in which I should walk;

For to You I lift up my soul.

9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;

I take refuge in You.


10 Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

Let Your good Spirit lead me on level

ground.

11 For the sake of Your name, O LORD,

revive me.

In Your righteousness bring my soul out

of trouble.

12 And in Your lovingkindness, cut off

my enemies

And destroy all those who afflict my soul,

For I am Your servant.


Psalm 144

Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.

Psalm of David.


1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock,

Who trains my hands for war,

And my fingers for battle;

2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,

My stronghold and my deliverer,

My shield and He in whom I take refuge,

Who subdues my people under me.

3 O LORD, what is man, that You take

knowledge of him?

Or the son of man, that You think of him?

4 Man is like a mere breath;

His days are like a passing shadow.


5 Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and

come down;

Touch the mountains, that they

may smoke.

6 Flash forth lightning and scatter them;

Send out Your arrows and confuse them.

7 Stretch forth Your hand from on high;

Rescue me and deliver me out of great

waters,

Out of the hand of aliens

8 Whose mouths speak deceit,

And whose right hand is a right hand of

falsehood.


9 I will sing a new song to You, O God;

Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing

praises to You,

10 Who gives salvation to kings,

Who rescues David His servant from the

evil sword.

11 Rescue me and deliver me out of the

hand of aliens,

Whose mouth speaks deceit

And whose right hand is a right hand

of falsehood.


12 Let our sons in their youth be as grown-

up plants,

And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned

as for a palace;

13 Let our garners be full, furnishing every

kind of produce,

And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten

thousands in our fields;

14 Let our cattle bear

Without mishap and without loss,

Let there be no outcry in our streets!

15 How blessed are the people who are

so situated;

How blessed are the people whose God

is the LORD!

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