uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck [they threaten my life].
Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; those who would cut me off and destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully, are many and mighty. I am [forced] to restore what I did not steal.
O God, You know my folly and blundering; my sins and my guilt are not hidden from You. Let not those who wait and hope and look for You, O Lord of hosts, be put to shame through me; let not those who seek and inquire for and require You [as their vital necessity] be brought to confusion and dishonor through me, O God of Israel.
Because for Your sake I have borne taunt and reproach; confusion and shame have covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brethren, and an alien to my mother’s children. For zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches and insults of those who reproach and insult You have fallen upon me.
When I wept and humbled myself with fasting, I was jeered at and humiliated; When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword (an object of scorn) to them. They who sit at the gate talk about me, and I am the song of the drunkards.
Hear and answer me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is sweet and comforting; according to Your
plenteous tender mercy and steadfast love turn to me. Hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress; O answer me speedily! Draw close to me and redeem me; ransom and set me free because of my enemies [lest they glory in my prolonged distress]!
They gave me also gall [poisonous and bitter] for my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Let their own table [with all its abundance and luxury] become a snare to them; and when they are secure in peace [or at their sacrificial feasts, let it become] a trap to them. Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually [from terror, dismay, and feebleness]. Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of Your burning anger catch up with them. Let their habitation and their encampment be a desolation; let no one dwell in their tents.
For they pursue and persecute him whom You have smitten, and they gossip about those whom You have wounded, [adding] to their grief and pain. Let one [unforgiven] perverseness and iniquity accumulate upon another for them [in Your book], and let them not come into Your righteousness or be justified and acquitted by You. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living and the book of life and not be enrolled among the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright and in right standing with God).
I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving, And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hoofs. The humble shall see it and be glad; you who seek God, inquiring for and requiring Him [as your first need], let your hearts revive and live! For the Lord hears the poor and needy and despises not His prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them. For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; and [His servants] shall remain and dwell there and have it in their possession; The children of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it.