1 Lord, you are my Rock, I am calling to you for help. Don’t close your ears to my prayers. If you don’t answer my calls for help, then people will think I am no better than the dead people in the grave. 2 ˻Lord,˼ I raise my arms and pray toward your Most Holy Place. Hear me when I call to you. Show mercy to me. 3 Lord, don’t think of me as one of those bad people Those people greet their neighbors with the word “Shalom.” But in their hearts they are planning bad things against their neighbors. 4 Lord, those people do bad things to other people. So make bad things happen to them. Give them the punishment they deserve. 5 Bad people don’t understand the good things the Lord does. They don’t see the good things God made. So God will destroy those people, and he will leave them in ruins. 6 Praise the Lord! He heard my prayer for mercy. 7 The Lord is my strength. He is my shield. I trusted him. And he helped me. I am very happy! And I sing songs of praise to him. 8 The Lord protects his chosen one. The Lord saves him. The Lord is his strength. 9 God, save your people. Bless the people who belong to you. Lead them and honor them forever!