Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
For the enemy has pursued me, crushing my life to the ground, making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
I remember the days of old, I think about all your deeds, I meditate on the works of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Save me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life. In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.
In your steadfast love cut off my enemies, and destroy all my adversaries, for I am your servant.
“…or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit…”
I went out on a sunset photo safari this evening and headed out to the marsh areas. They were as I expected…muddy and “interesting” smelling. Not exactly a place that I wanted to visit. Another thing about it was that it wasn’t far from areas that were really really beautiful – the golf course, but more so the gorgeous trees around here. Its like so much of what I think our faith life is like – the beauty and the challenges are not far from each other, but actually separated by a thin line.