Please don’t hide from my plea;
O Lord, hear my prayer,
As I mourn vociferously,
Show me Your loving care!
The voice of the enemy,
The wicked oppress me,
They cast iniquity upon me
And in their anger, hate me.
My heart is painful within
The terrors of death fall on me,
Fearfulness and tremblin’
Horror has overwhelmed all of me.
Oh, if I had a dove’s wings,
I would fly away to be at rest
I’d go far away from evil things
And remain in the wilderness
I would hurry in my escape, you see;
From storms and chaos, for I have seen
Violence and strife in the city
Of where I had once been.
They go about it night and day,
In their midst are mischief, evil, and sorrow,
Deceit and guile walk the streets to play
And it will likely be the same tomorrow.
It was not an enemy that shamed me –
For if it had been, I could have persevered.
But it was a friend, and equal, who named me –
Not someone who hated me; but one I revered!
I have fond memories of sweet conversations,
Walking in Your house in each other’s company.
Let them die, for wickedness is in their mansions
And let them be sent to a place of misery.
As for me, I will call upon Thee
And my Savior shall rescue me.
Evening, morning, and noon I talk to Thee
And cry aloud, and He shall attend to me.
He has delivered my soul in peace
From the many battles that raged inside me
You shall hear, and never will cease
You shall afflict them, for they don’t know Thee.
The acquaintance has put his hands
Against such as to be at tranquility.
Why he did these things, I don’t understand.
He broke his promises to me.
Smoother than butter were his words
But war was in his heart
His words softer than oil, yet he drew swords
Only to tear me apart
I cast my burdens upon Thee, Lord; You’ll sustain me.
You shall never allow wickedness to win; I trust in Thee.
But you, O Lord, will bring them down to the pit.
Deceitful men shall not live out half their days!
Psalm 55 inspired. 🙂 (To read the psalm that I based this on, click here.) I was unsure about tremblin’ but… I didn’t see another way to make that line work. 😅
The others in this series are: Psalm 88 (Draw Nigh!), Psalm 96 (The Lord Of Hosts Reigns Always!), and Psalm 01 (Those That Follow Thee). Because I never seem to write in order. 🤣