1Lord, you are the God who saves me. Day and night I cry out to you.2Please hear my prayer. Pay attention to my cry for help.3I have so many troubles I'm about to die.4People think my life is over. I'm like someone who doesn't have any strength.5People treat me as if I were dead. I'm like those who have been killed and are now in the grave. You don't even remember them anymore. They are cut off from your care.6It seems as if you have put me deep down in the grave, that deep and dark place.7Your burning anger lies heavy on me. All the waves of your anger have crashed over me. Selah8You have taken my closest friends away from me. You have made me sickening to them. I feel trapped. I can't escape.9I'm crying so much I can't see very well. Lord, I call out to you every day. I lift up my hands to you in prayer.10Do you work miracles for those who are dead? Do dead people rise up and praise you? Selah11Do those who are dead speak about your love? Do those who are in the grave tell how faithful you are?12Are your miracles known in that dark place? Are your holy acts known in that land where the dead are forgotten?13Lord, I cry out to you for help. In the morning I pray to you.14Lord, why do you say no to me? Why do you turn your face away from me?15I've been in pain ever since I was young. I've been close to death. You have made me suffer terrible things. I have lost all hope.16Your burning anger has swept over me. Your terrors have destroyed me.17All day long they surround me like a flood. They have closed in all around me.18You have taken my companions and loved ones away from me. The darkness is my closest friend.
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I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
1A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. (1Ki 4:31; 1Ch 2:6; Ps 22:2; Ps 24:5; Ps 42:1; Ps 53:1; Lu 18:7)2Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! (Ps 31:2)3For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. (Ps 16:10; Ps 107:18)4I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength, (Ps 28:1)5like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand. (Ps 31:12; Isa 53:8)6You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep. (Ps 63:9; Ps 69:15; Ps 88:12; Ps 88:18; Ps 143:3; La 3:6)7Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Ps 32:4; Ps 42:7)8You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape; (Job 19:13; Job 30:10; Ps 88:18; Ps 142:4; Jer 32:2)9my eye grows dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O Lord; I spread out my hands to you. (Job 11:13; Ps 6:7)10Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you? (Ps 6:5)11Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?12Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? (Job 10:21; Ps 88:6; Ps 89:5; Ec 9:5)13But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you. (Ps 5:3; Ps 30:2)14O Lord, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me? (Job 13:24; Ps 44:9)15Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.16Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me. (Job 6:4; Job 9:34)17They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together. (Ps 18:4; Ps 22:16; Ps 86:3; Ps 118:10)18You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness. (Job 19:13)