57
Prayer for Rescue from Enemies
For the music director, according to Do Not Destroy.
Of David. A miktam.
When he fled from Saul into the cave.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
because in you my soul takes refuge.
In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge
until destruction passes by.
2I will call to God Most High,
to God who accomplishes things concerning me.
3He will send from heaven and save me;
he will reproach the one who tramples me. Selah
God will send his loyal love and his faithfulness.
4My soul is among lions.
I lie down among those who devour—
the children#Or “sons” of humankind whose teeth are spears and arrows
and whose tongues are sharp swords.
5Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
Let your glory be above all the earth.
6They have set a net for my steps;
my soul is bowed down.
They have dug a pit before me;
they have fallen into the midst of it. Selah
7My heart is steadfast, O God;
My heart is steadfast.
I will sing and give praise.
8Awake, my glory;
Awake, harp and lyre.
I will awake the dawn.#Or “at dawn”
9I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord;
I will give you praise among the nations.
10Because your loyal love is high to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
11Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
Let your glory be above all the earth.
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