A Prayer of Praise
1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
I will fear no one.
The Lord protects me from all danger;
I will never be afraid.
2When evil people attack me and try to kill me,
they stumble and fall.
3Even if a whole army surrounds me,
I will not be afraid;
even if enemies attack me,
I will still trust God.
4I have asked the Lord for one thing;
one thing only do I want:
to live in the Lord's house all my life,
to marvel there at his goodness,
and to ask for his guidance.
5In times of trouble he will shelter me;
he will keep me safe in his Temple
and make me secure on a high rock.
6So I will triumph over my enemies around me.
With shouts of joy I will offer sacrifices in his Temple;
I will sing, I will praise the Lord.
7Hear me, Lord, when I call to you!
Be merciful and answer me!
8When you said, “Come worship me,”
I answered, “I will come, Lord.”
9Don't hide yourself from me!
Don't be angry with me;
don't turn your servant away.
You have been my help;
don't leave me, don't abandon me,
O God, my savior.
10My father and mother may abandon me,
but the Lord will take care of me.
11Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do,
and lead me along a safe path,
because I have many enemies.
12Don't abandon me to my enemies,
who attack me with lies and threats.
13I know that I will live to see
the Lord's goodness in this present life.
14Trust in the Lord.
Have faith, do not despair.
Trust in the Lord.