may I never be ashamed
Deliver me by your righteousness.
Be to me a rock of protection,
a stronghold to deliver me.
therefore for your name’s sake
you will guide me and lead me.
that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my protection.
You redeem me, O Yahweh, God of faithfulness
for you have seen my affliction.
You know the distresses of my soul.
You have set my feet in a large place.
for I am in distress.
My eye is wasted away in grief; my soul, even my body.
And my years with groaning.
My strength fails
because of my iniquity.
My bones are wasted away.
I have become a disgrace,
even much more to my neighbors,
and a fear to those who know me.
Those who saw me on the street fled from me.
like a dead man. I am like a broken vessel.
as they conspire together against me,
as they plot to take away my soul.
I said, “You are my God.”
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies
and from those pursuing me.
Deliver me because of your covenant faithfulness!
Let the wicked be ashamed!
Let them be silent in Sheol.
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you have done for those
who have sought refuge in you in the presence of the sons of men!
you will hide them from the plotting of man.
You will shelter them secretly in a dwelling
away from the strife of tongues.
for he has marvelously performed his covenant faithfulness to me
in a city under siege.
“I am cut off from before your eyes.”
Yet surely you have heard
the sound of my petitions
when I cried out to you for help.
Yahweh watches over the loyal
and fully repays the person who acts with pride.
all you who wait for Yahweh.