A save-our-soul prayer
Don’t disappoint me, God
A psalm of David.1 LORD, I’m giving you all of me,
my very soul.
2 You are my God, and I’m trusting you.
Please don’t let me be disappointed.
And don’t let my enemies beat me.
3 In fact, don’t disappoint anyone who trusts you.
Let treacherous people experience disappointment instead.
4 LORD, show me the path you want me to walk.
Then help me to walk it.
5 Walk with me, leading me and teaching me.
You are the God who saves me.
I want to hear from you any time of any day.
6 LORD, keep in mind your kindness and compassion.
They’ve been part of who you are
Since way back when.
7 Please overlook the bad things I did as a kid.
Do the kind and loving thing instead, LORD,
Because you are good.
Walking down God’s life trail8 The LORD always does what’s right.
That’s why he shows sinners the way.
9 He walks through life with the humble,
Guiding them along the right path.
10 Every trail the LORD prepares
Is traveled by the loving and devoted.
These trails are cleared for people who obey him.
11 You have a reputation. Honor your name.
Do it by forgiving the sins I’ve committed,
even though I’ve sinned a lot.
12 Who on earth respects the LORD?
God will guide them down the right paths in life.
13 Those people will prosper in life
And their descendants will inherit the family land.
14 Respect the LORD if you want to be friends with him.
Then God will teach you his rules for living.
15 I keep my eyes on the LORD.
If I get in trouble, he’ll help me out.
Look at me, God16 Look at me and have mercy on me
Because I’m hurt and alone.
17 My worries are getting bigger.
The anxiety is terrible. Help me out of this.
18 Look at what’s happening to me,
The trouble I’m in and the way I’m suffering.
Forgive my sins.
19 Take a look at my enemies—
There are a lot of them to see.
They don’t just hate me.
They hate me enough to hurt me.
20 Protect me and save me.
I’ve come to you for protection.
Please don’t let me be disappointed.
21 May the good and honest life I’m living
Be enough to save me.
I’m waiting for you.
22 Save Israel, God.
Save the nation from its troubles.
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. And the possible byline “of David,” isn’t necessarily a byline. The vague phrase could mean the song was written by David, about David, or was inspired by David. Almost half of the psalms are attributed to David in this way, 73 of 150. Ancient Jewish history tells of David playing a lyre and writing songs. For one, he wrote a song of mourning at the battlefield death of King Saul and his sons: “How have the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19-27 New American Standard Bible). An ancient Jewish scroll from about the time of Jesus, discovered among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, reports that David wrote 3,600 songs.
More literally, “who keep the covenant.” The songwriter was talking about the agreement God made with ancestors of the Jewish people, through Abraham. Many rules of the agreement were spelled out through the laws the Bible says God gave the Jewish nation through Moses. When Jewish people talk about the covenant, they are often talking about laws preserved in the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The covenant, or contract, between God and the Jewish people was a two-way street. The Jews obey God’s rules, and God protects them and blesses their work with prosperity. Benefits for obedience and the consequences for breaking the contract were detailed by Moses in a speech shortly before he died (Deuteronomy 27—28).
Literally “his covenant.” See footnote for 25:10.
This is a guess. It’s unclear whether the goodness and honesty refers to God or to the songwriter. The phrase is more literally, “May integrity and uprightness protect me.” But who’s integrity and uprightness? Scholars debate their educated guesses.
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