Please be merciful to us, Your our Father & God,
Fear comes from all around
We get scared at the slightest.
We’re scared right now.
Save us from ourselves,
Save us from from all who attack us
We’re surrounded by odd situations
we feel set up by sneaky people
We thought they were friendly
We thought we were in their favor
But it’s always about them
They make themselves feel or look better at our expense.
Remind us when we are afraid to trust in You
We hold to each word You say to us
We are trying to trust You
Instead of fearing what others might do to us.
Don’t let others–
those who would harm us
those that attack our character
those that put a stain on our reputation,
They are sneaky,
They are snoopy
They are spying
They want to trip us up
They gloat over us
They twist our words.
Defend us from them, Lord God; trip them up.
We know, yes we admit we’re complaining,
Please hear us;
You’ve said we need to seek You
You’ve told us to cry out to You
Gather in each tear that drops from our heart
Wipe all our sorrows away.
Turn on our enemies and come to our needs
Give us Your Love
Give us Your assistance
We need You
We call for help.
We know that You are for us
Your Words, each one is precious to us
We will try to trust You
We will refuse to fear what others are trying to do to us.
Help us to keep our eye on You, O God;
We owe you infinitely more than our gratitude can express,
You have delivered us time after time, over and over
You catch us when we trip,
Help us walk in Your light
Keep us out of the dark shadows
You are the light of our life.
Psalm 56 paraphrased