Unto me, O my God, show thy mercy and grace,
For I’m near swallowed up by oppressions I face.

Psalm 56

Unto me, O my God, show thy mercy and grace,
For I’m near swallowed up by oppressions I face.
They be many that fight against me, O most High,
But thy word I will praise, and on thee I’ll rely.
What time I’m afraid I will look unto thee.
I’ll not fear what my enemies do unto me,
Though their thoughts are against me for evil each day,
And they turn everything that I do or I say
Into something for which they may falsely accuse,
And they look every way for a chance to abuse,
Yet thou guidest my goings and catchest my tears;
When I cry unto thee, I’ll be saved from my fears.
This I know, despite all that the world tries to do,
And despite every danger my course may pass through,
That my God is for me, and in thee I can trust.
I will render thee praises.  To do so is just,
For thou savest and keepest and lightest my ways;
For deliverance and blessing I offer my praise.

~ Nita Brainard

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