Psalm 143 is a heartfelt supplication, with the psalmist imploring God's mercy in a time of deep distress. He seeks God’s face earnestly, asking not to be judged but to be guided towards the right path. Reminiscing on the works of God and meditating on His deeds, the psalmist seeks deliverance from his enemies, feeling overwhelmed as if in dark, death-like shadows. With a spirit fainting within him, he appeals for quick answers, yearning for God’s unfailing love and direction to do His will, hoping to be preserved and to triumph over his oppressors.

Psalm 143

1  (A Psalm of David.) Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

2  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

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

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 thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

6  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

7  Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

9  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

10  Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

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

12  And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

End of Psalms 143

1 Year Plan:  Dec 12 - Amo 8, Amo 9, Ps 142, Ps 143 [next day]

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