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Psalms 143

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 1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications; in your faithfulness answer me, and in your righteousness.

 2 And do enter into judgment with your servant; for in your sight no living man shall be justified.

 3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness, as those who have been long dead.1

 4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

 5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I think on the work of your hands.

 6 I stretch forth my hands to you; my soul thirsts after you like a thirsty land for water. Selah.

 7 Hear me speedily, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, lest I be like to those who go down into the pit.

 8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning for in you do I trust. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk for I lift up my soul to you.

 9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; I flee to you to hide me.

 10 Teach me to do your will for you are my God; your spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 11 Quicken me, O LORD, for your name's sake. For your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

 12 And of your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul, for I am your servant.


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1 The enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness, as those who have been long dead. David is speaking of the demons who are persecuting him after he fell from great heights of closeness with the Lord. He has lost the light. He has lost the life of God within himself. He is dwelling in darkness at the edge of the pit. He longs for the sweet fellowship with the Lord once again. He did later return fully.

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