Save me, O God,
     for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
     I can’t find a foothold to stand on.
I am in deep water,
     and the floods overwhelm me.
I am exhausted from crying for help;
     my throat is parched and dry.
My eyes are swollen with weeping,
     waiting for my God to help me.
O God, you know how foolish I am;
     my sins cannot be hidden from you.
Don’t let those who trust in you stumble because of me,
     O Sovereign Lord Almighty.
When I weep and fast before the Lord,
     they scoff at me.
But I keep right on praying to you, Lord
     hoping this is the time you will show me favor.
In your unfailing love, O God.
     answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
Pull me out of the mud,
     don’t let me sink any deeper!
Rescue me from those who hate me,
     and pull me from these deep waters.
Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
     or the deep waters swallow me,
     or the pit of death devour me.
Answer my prayers, O Lord,
     for your unfailing love is wonderful
Turn and take care of me,
     for your mercy is so plentiful.
Don’t hide from your servant;
     answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
Come and rescue me
     free me from all my enemies.
Excerpts from Psalm 69 (NLT)


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