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And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

143:2 no man living. No man is good enough to earn salvation by his own merits (e.g., Romans 3:10,23). Anyone who would be saved must come only through faith in Christ, “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24; see also Romans 5:1; etc.).

143:5 meditate on all thy works. An excellent antidote for an overwhelmed spirit and desolate heart (Psalm 143:4) is to meditate on all the wonderful works of God in creation and in “the days of old.”

143:10 Teach me to do thy will. There can be no greater goal or prayer request than to know and do the will of God (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 1:9).

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