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Psalm 17

posted 3 Feb 2012, 06:48 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
A David Prayer
 1-2 Listen while I build my case, God, the most honest prayer you'll ever hear. 
   Show the world I'm innocent— 
      in your heart you know I am. 

 3 Go ahead, examine me from inside out, 
      surprise me in the middle of the night— 
   You'll find I'm just what I say I am. 
      My words don't run loose. 

 4-5 I'm not trying to get my way 
      in the world's way. 
   I'm trying to get your way, 
      your Word's way. 
   I'm staying on your trail; 
      I'm putting one foot 
   In front of the other. 
      I'm not giving up. 

 6-7 I call to you, God, because I'm sure of an answer. 
      So—answer! bend your ear! listen sharp! 
   Paint grace-graffiti on the fences; 
      take in your frightened children who 
   Are running from the neighborhood bullies 
      straight to you. 

 8-9 Keep your eye on me; 
      hide me under your cool wing feathers 
   From the wicked who are out to get me, 
      from mortal enemies closing in. 

 10-14 Their hearts are hard as nails, 
      their mouths blast hot air. 
   They are after me, nipping my heels, 
      determined to bring me down, 
   Lions ready to rip me apart, 
      young lions poised to pounce. 
   Up, God: beard them! break them! 
      By your sword, free me from their clutches; 
   Barehanded, God, break these mortals, 
      these flat-earth people who can't think beyond today.

   I'd like to see their bellies 
      swollen with famine food, 
   The weeds they've sown 
      harvested and baked into famine bread, 
   With second helpings for their children 
      and crusts for their babies to chew on. 

 15 And me? I plan on looking 
      you full in the face. When I get up, 
   I'll see your full stature 
      and live heaven on earth.