Day 1 of 7
7 Please hurry, LORD,
and answer my prayer.
I feel hopeless.
Don't turn away
and leave me here to die. 8 Each morning let me learn
more about your love
because I trust you.
I come to you in prayer,
asking for your guidance. 9 Please rescue me
from my enemies, LORD!
I come to you for safety. 10 You are my God. Show me
what you want me to do,
and let your gentle Spirit
lead me in the right path.
Those who wrote the Psalms were very open about speaking to God concerning their fear, anxiety, despair, loss of hope, and sense of rejection and helplessness – many of the things which we also experience.
Like them, we are encouraged to share our feelings with God.
When have you felt like the authors of these psalms? Were you able to express these feelings to God?
Many have used the Psalms as prayer books to help them respond to events, both good and bad, in their lives. When you are feeling fear and are struggling to express it, turn to these psalms for help finding the words.
God, I know that you keep me safe and that I can share my fears with you. Please help me be vulnerable in calling on you when in need. Amen.
TO KNOW MORE
1 As a deer gets thirsty
for streams of water,
I truly am thirsty
for you, my God. 2 In my heart, I am thirsty
for you, the living God.
When will I see your face? 3 Day and night my tears
are my only food,
as everyone keeps asking,
“Where is your God?”
9 You are my mighty rock.
Why have you forgotten me?
Why must enemies ill-treat me
and make me sad? 10 Even my bones are in pain,
while all day long
my enemies sneer and ask,
“Where is your God?” 11 Why am I discouraged?
Why am I restless?
I trust you!
And I will praise you again
because you help me,
and you are my God.
16 I am lonely and troubled.
Show that you care
and have pity on me. 17 My awful worries keep growing.
Rescue me from sadness. 18 See my troubles and misery
and forgive my sins. 19 Look at all my enemies!
See how much they hate me. 20 I come to you for shelter.
Protect me, keep me safe,
and don't disappoint me. 21 I obey you with all my heart,
and I trust you, knowing
that you will save me.
1 God Most High, have pity on me!
Have mercy. I run to you
In the shadow of your wings,
I seek protection
till danger dies down. 2 I pray to you, my protector. 3 You will send help from heaven
and save me,
but you will bring trouble
on my attackers.
You are faithful,
and you can be trusted.
1 Save me, God! Protect me
from enemy attacks! 2 Keep me safe from brutal people
who want to kill me. 3 Merciless enemies, LORD,
are hiding and plotting,
hoping to kill me.
I have not hurt them
in any way at all. 4 But they are ready to attack.
Do something! Help me!
Look at what's happening.
1 How much longer, LORD,
will you forget about me?
Will it be for ever?
How long will you hide? 2 How long must I be confused
and miserable all day?
How long will my enemies
keep beating me down? 3 Please listen, LORD God,
and answer my prayers.
Make my eyes sparkle again,
or else I will fall
into the sleep of death. 4 My enemies will say,
“Now we've won!”
They will be greatly pleased
when I am defeated.
22 I am poor and helpless,
and I have lost all hope. 23 I am fading away
like an evening shadow;
I am tossed aside
like a crawling insect. 24 I have gone without eating,
until my knees are weak,
and my body is bony. 25 When my enemies see me,
they say cruel things
and shake their heads.
1 Don't punish me, LORD,
or even correct me
when you are angry! 2 Have pity on me and heal
my feeble body.
My bones tremble with fear, 3 and I am in deep distress.
How long will it be? 4 Turn and come to my rescue.
Show your wonderful love
and save me, LORD. 5 If I die, I cannot praise you
or even remember you. 6 My groaning has worn me out.
At night my bed and pillow
are soaked with tears. 7 Sorrow has made my eyes dim,
and my sight has failed
because of my enemies.
1 I pray to you, Lord God,
and I beg you to listen. 2 In days filled with trouble,
I search for you.
And at night I tirelessly
lift my hands in prayer,
refusing comfort. 3 When I think of you,
I feel restless and weak. 4 Because of you, Lord God,
I can't sleep.
I am restless
and can't even talk. 5 I think of times gone by,
of those years long ago. 6 Each night my mind
is flooded with questions: 7 “Have you rejected me for ever?
Won't you be kind again? 8 Is this the end of your love
and your promises? 9 Have you forgotten
how to have pity?
Do you refuse to show mercy
because of your anger?”
1 Please listen, LORD,
and answer my prayer!
I am poor and helpless. 2 Protect me and save me
because you are my God.
I am your faithful servant,
and I trust you. 3 Be kind to me!
I pray to you all day. 4 Make my heart glad!
I serve you,
and my prayer is sincere. 5 You willingly forgive,
and your love is always there
for those who pray to you. 6 Please listen, LORD!
Answer my prayer for help. 7 When I am in trouble, I pray,
knowing you will listen.
Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. British usage edition. Anglicisations © 1997 British and Foreign Bible Society