A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, rescue me from evil people. Preserve me from those who are violent,
2 those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long.
3 Their tongues sting like a snake; the poison of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude
4 O LORD, keep me out of the hands of the wicked. Preserve me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against me.
5 The proud have set a trap to catch me; they have stretched out a net; they have placed traps all along the way. Interlude
6 I said to the LORD, "You are my God!" Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!
7 O Sovereign LORD, my strong savior, you protected me on the day of battle.
8 LORD, do not give in to their evil desires. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, O God. Interlude
9 Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me.
10 Let burning coals fall down on their heads, or throw them into the fire, or into deep pits from which they can't escape.
11 Don't let liars prosper here in our land. Cause disaster to fall with great force on the violent.
12 But I know the LORD will surely help those they persecute; he will maintain the rights of the poor.
13 Surely the godly are praising your name, for they will live in your presence.
O LORD, rescue me from evil people
Call upon the Lord in your day of trouble. When people knowingly and unknowing speak evil about you, call out to your strong Savior.
When they stir up trouble for you and devise schemes against you, know that the Lord will protect you in your day of battle.
Then remember Jesus' admonition to pray for your enemies and those that spitefully use you. Release them in prayer and join with the godly who are praising His name!
Jesus, I thank you that you are my Savior, and that You protect and uphold me as I walk in Your ways.
I pray for my enemies Lord, and ask that You draw them close to You.