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Psalm 17

 

 1 Hear me, LORD, my plea is just;

   listen to my cry.

Hear my prayer—

   it does not rise from deceitful lips.

2 Let my vindication come from you;

   may your eyes see what is right.

 

 3 Though you probe my heart,

   though you examine me at night and test me,

you will find that I have planned no evil;

   my mouth has not transgressed.

4 Though people tried to bribe me,

   I have kept myself from the ways of the violent

   through what your lips have commanded.

5 My steps have held to your paths;

   my feet have not stumbled.

 

 6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;

   turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

7 Show me the wonders of your great love,

   you who save by your right hand

   those who take refuge in you from their foes.

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;

   hide me in the shadow of your wings

though you examine me at night and test me,

 

I may not pass the test

I may flunk it

 

I want to be free of evil thoughts 

selfish desires 

pretensions of control

 

There are those who want to destroy me 

disrupt my life 

interfere with my work

 

They surround me 

attack me

overwhelm me

 

I want to strike back

I plot to get revenge 

get even

see them suffer as I do

 

My heart is not always pure 

my motives not clean 

my intentions less than honorable

 

My steps have held to your paths;

   my feet have not stumbled.

 

I look unto you, My God, to lead me 

to show me the way I must walk 

the words I should speak 

to keep me upright and holy

 

On your path I know

how to love and when to forgive

how to trust and when to risk

how to comfort and when to mourn

 

When I stumble you catch me

When I stray you redirect me

When I get lost you rescue me

 

You are the way

You are the truth

You are the life

 

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;

 

I lift my voice

you hear

I cry from my wounds

you care

I whisper my fears

you listen

 

You answer me in the quiet of night

and in the dawn

You answer me in my youth

and in my aging

 

hide me in the shadow of your wings

 

There

I am safe 

I am whole 

I am home

 

Amen.

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