July 2 - Psalm 25.1-22

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Psalm 25
[By David.]
A Prayer for Guidance and Help

1I offer you my heart, LORD God, 2and I trust you.
Don't make me ashamed or let enemies defeat me.
3Don't disappoint any of your worshipers,
but disappoint all deceitful liars.
4Show me your paths and teach me to follow;
5guide me by your truth and instruct me.
You keep me safe, and I always trust you.

6Please, LORD, remember,
you have always been patient and kind.
7Forget each wrong I did when I was young.
Show how truly kind you are and remember me.
8You are honest and merciful,
and you teach sinners how to follow your path.

9You lead humble people to do what is right
and to stay on your path.
10In everything you do, you are kind and faithful
to everyone who keeps our agreement with you.

11Be true to your name, LORD,
by forgiving each one of my terrible sins.
12You will show the right path to all who worship you.
13They will have plenty,
and then their children will receive the land.

14Our LORD, you are the friend of your worshipers,
and you make an agreement with all of us.
15I always look to you,
because you rescue me from every trap.
16I am lonely and troubled.
Show that you care and have pity on me.
17My awful worries keep growing.
Rescue me from sadness.
18See my troubles and misery and forgive my sins.

19Look at all my enemies! See how much they hate me.
20I come to you for shelter. Protect me, keep me safe,
and don't disappoint me.
21I obey you with all my heart,
and I trust you, knowing that you will save me.

22Our God, please save Israel from all of its troubles.

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