Psalms 56
Trust in God
1For the director. According to Yonath elem rehoqim.#Yonath elem rehoqim: Hebrew words probably designating the melody to which the Psalm was to be sung. A miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him at Gath.#1 Sm 21:10.
2Have mercy on me, God,
for I am treated harshly;
attackers press me all the day.
3My foes treat me harshly all the day;
yes, many are my attackers.
O Most High, 4when I am afraid,
in you I place my trust.
5I praise the word of God;
I trust in God, I do not fear.#Ps 130:5.
What can mere flesh do to me?#Ps 118:6; Heb 13:6.
6All the day they foil my plans;
their every thought is of evil against me.
7They hide together in ambush;
they watch my every step;
they lie in wait for my life.#Ps 140:5–6.
8They are evil; watch them, God!
Cast the nations down in your anger!
9My wanderings you have noted;
are my tears not stored in your flask,#Are my tears not stored in your flask: a unique saying in the Old Testament. The context suggests that the tears are saved because they are precious; God puts a high value on each of the psalmist’s troubles.
recorded in your book?#Ps 10:14; 2 Kgs 20:5; Is 25:8; Rev 7:17.
10My foes turn back when I call on you.
This I know: God is on my side.
11I praise the word of God,
I praise the word of the Lord.
12In God I trust, I do not fear.
What can man do to me?
13I have made vows to you, God;
with offerings I will fulfill them,#Nm 30:3.
14For you have snatched me from death,
kept my feet from stumbling,
That I may walk before God
in the light of the living.

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