evening psalm

October 25, 2007

1 O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. 
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. 
3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. 
4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil,
to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers;
let me not eat of their delicacies. 
5 Let a righteous man strike me– it is a kindness; let him rebuke me–
it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers; 
6 their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. 
7 They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.” 
8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD;
in you I take refuge– do not give me over to death. 
9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. 
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

–David, Psalm 141

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