The Bible – Old Testament
1 A psalm of David. LORD, hear my prayer; in your faithfulness listen to my pleading; answer me in your justice.
Do not enter into judgment with your servant; before you no living being can be just.
2 The enemy has pursued me; they have crushed my life to the ground. They have left me in darkness like those long dead.
My spirit is faint within me; my heart is dismayed.
I remember the days of old; I ponder all your deeds; the works of your hands I recall.
I stretch out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Selah
Hasten to answer me, LORD; for my spirit fails me. Do not hide your face from me, lest I become like those descending to the pit.
At dawn let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust. Show me the path I should walk, for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me, LORD, from my foes, for in you I hope.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level.
For your name’s sake, LORD, give me life; in your justice lead me out of distress.
In your kindness put an end to my foes; destroy all who attack me, for I am your servant. Psalm
1 [Psalm 143] One of the Church’s seven Penitential Psalms, this lament is a prayer to be freed from death-dealing enemies. The psalmist addresses God, aware that there is no equality between God and humans; salvation is a gift (⇒ Psalm 143:1-2). Victimized by evil people (⇒ Psalm 143:3-4), the psalmist recites (“remembers”) God’s past actions on behalf of the innocent (⇒ Psalm 143:5-6). The psalm continues with fervent prayer (⇒ Psalm 143:7-9) and a strong desire for guidance and protection (⇒ Psalm 143:10-12).
2 [Psalm 144] They have crushed: literally, “he crushed”; the singular is used typically, hence the plural translation.