A prayer of David.
  1Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
   for I am poor and needy.
  2Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
   save your servant who trusts in you.
  You are my God;
  3have mercy on me, Lord,
   for I call to you all day long.
  4Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
   for I put my trust in you.

  5You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
   abounding in love to all who call to you.
  6Hear my prayer, Lord;
   listen to my cry for mercy.
  7When I am in distress, I call to you,
   because you answer me.

  8Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
   no deeds can compare with yours.
  9All the nations you have made
   will come and worship before you, Lord;
   they will bring glory to your name.
  10For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
   you alone are God.

  11Teach me your way, Lord,
   that I may rely on your faithfulness;
  give me an undivided heart,
   that I may fear your name.
  12I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
   I will glorify your name forever.
  13For great is your love toward me;
   you have delivered me from the depths,
   from the realm of the dead.

  14Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
   ruthless people are trying to kill me—
   they have no regard for you.
  15But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
   slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
  16Turn to me and have mercy on me;
   show your strength in behalf of your servant;
  save me, because I serve you
   just as my mother did.
  17Give me a sign of your goodness,
   that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
   for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.