86 A prayer of David.
Listen 1 O Lord! Answer me!
For I am oppressed and needy.
2 Protect me, 2 for I am loyal!
O my God, deliver your servant, who trusts in you!
3 Have mercy on me, 3 O Lord,
for I cry out to you all day long!
4 Make your servant 4 glad,
for to you, O Lord, I pray! 5
5 Certainly 6 O Lord, you are kind 7 and forgiving,
and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.
6 O Lord, hear my prayer!
Pay attention to my plea for mercy!
7 In my time of trouble I cry out to you,
for you will answer me.
8 None can compare to you among the gods, O Lord!
Your exploits are incomparable! 8
9 All the nations, whom you created,
will come and worship you, 9 O Lord.
They will honor your name.
10 For you are great and do amazing things.
You alone are God.
11 O Lord, teach me how you want me to live! 10
Then I will obey your commands. 11
Make me wholeheartedly committed to you! 12
12 O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks with my whole heart!
I will honor your name continually! 13
13 For you will extend your great loyal love to me, 14
and will deliver my life 15 from the depths of Sheol. 16
14 O God, arrogant men attack me; 17
a gang 18 of ruthless men, who do not respect you, seek my life. 19
15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.
You are patient 20 and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness. 21
16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me!
Give your servant your strength!
Deliver your slave! 22
17 Show me evidence of your favor! 23
Then those who hate me will see it and be ashamed, 24
for you, O Lord, will help me and comfort me. 25
87 Written by the Korahites; a psalm, a song.
The Lord’s city is in the holy hills. 1
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3 People say wonderful things about you, 2
O city of God. (Selah)
4 I mention Rahab 3 and Babylon to my followers. 4
Here are 5 Philistia and Tyre, 6 along with Ethiopia. 7
It is said of them, “This one was born there.” 8
5 But it is said of Zion’s residents, 9
“Each one of these 10 was born in her,
and the sovereign One 11 makes her secure.” 12
6 The Lord writes in the census book of the nations, 13
“This one was born there.” 14 (Selah)
7 As for the singers, as well as the pipers –
all of them sing within your walls. 15
88 A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style; 1 a well-written song 2 by Heman the Ezrachite.
O Lord God who delivers me! 3
By day I cry out
and at night I pray before you. 4
2 Listen to my prayer! 5
Pay attention 6 to my cry for help!
3 For my life 7 is filled with troubles
and I am ready to enter Sheol. 8
4 They treat me like 9 those who descend into the grave. 10
I am like a helpless man, 11
5 adrift 12 among the dead,
like corpses lying in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
and who are cut off from your power. 13
6 You place me in the lowest regions of the pit, 14
in the dark places, in the watery depths.
7 Your anger bears down on me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Selah)
8 You cause those who know me to keep their distance;
you make me an appalling sight to them.
I am trapped and cannot get free. 15
9 My eyes grow weak because of oppression.
I call out to you, O Lord, all day long;
I spread out my hands in prayer to you. 16
10 Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead?
Do the departed spirits 17 rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)
11 Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave,
or your faithfulness in the place of the dead? 18
12 Are your amazing deeds experienced 19 in the dark region, 20
or your deliverance in the land of oblivion? 21
13 As for me, I cry out to you, O Lord;
in the morning my prayer confronts you.
14 O Lord, why do you reject me,
and pay no attention to me? 22
15 I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. 23
I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain. 24
16 Your anger overwhelms me; 25
your terrors destroy me.
17 They surround me like water all day long;
they join forces and encircle me. 26
18 You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance; 27
those who know me leave me alone in the darkness. 28