For the Music Director. To the melody of “Silent Dove at a Distance.” A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
1Be gracious to me, O God, for man would crush me;
all day long he who battles oppressesme.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 All day long my enemies would crush me,
for there are many who arrogantly battle against me.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 In the day when I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 In God whose word I praise,
in God I have trusted; I will not fear.
What can mere flesh do to me?
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 Every day they twist my words;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 They stir up strife, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
when they wait for my life.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 Should there be deliverance for them on account of wickedness?
In Your anger cast down the peoples, O God.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 You take account of my wandering;
put my tears in Your bottle;
are they not in Your book?
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 In the day I cry to You,
then my enemies will turn back;
this I know, that God is for me.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 In God whose word I praise,
in the Lord whose word I praise,
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 in God I trust, I will not fear;
what can a man do to me?
12Your vows are on me, O God;
I will complete them with thank offerings to You;
13for You have delivered my soul from death,
even my feet from stumbling,
to walk before God
in the light of the living.