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If you are silent, I might as well give up and die

 1  I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. 2  Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary. 3  Do not drag me away with the wicked- with those who do evil- those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. 4  Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. 5  They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt!

6  Praise the Lord ! For he has heard my cry for mercy. 7  The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. 8  The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. 9  Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.


Psalm 28 NLT