For the music leader. According to The Silent Dove of Distant Places. A miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
1God, have mercy on me because I’m being trampled.
All day long the enemy oppresses me.
2My attackers trample me all day long
because I have so many enemies.
Exalted one, 3whenever I’m afraid,
I put my trust in you—
4in God, whose word I praise.
I trust in God; I won’t be afraid.
What can mere flesh do to me?
5All day long they frustrate my pursuits;
all their thoughts are evil against me.
6They get together and set an ambush—
they are watching my steps,
hoping for my death.
7Don’t rescue them for any reason!
In wrath bring down the people, God!
8You yourself have kept track of my misery.
Put my tears into your bottle—
aren’t they on your scroll already?
9Then my enemies will retreat when I cry out.
I know this because God is mine.
10God: whose word I praise.
The LORD: whose word I praise.
11I trust in God; I won’t be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?
12I will fulfill my promises to you, God.
I will present thanksgiving offerings to you
13because you have saved my life from death,
saved my feet from stumbling
so that I can walk before God in the light of life.