The Psalms

Psalm 54

David, complaining of the Ziphims, prays for salvation, 1-3. Upon his confidence in God's help he promises sacrifice, 4-7.

1 [To the Chief Musician on Neginoth. Maschil. A Psalm of David: when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, "Does David not hide himself with us?"]

Save me, O God, by your name/
and judge me by your strength.

Hear my prayer, O God./
Give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen up against me/
and oppressors seek after my soul./
They have not set God before them./

Behold, God is my helper./
The Lord is with those who uphold my soul.

He will reward evil to my enemies./
Cut them off in your truth.

I will freely sacrifice to you./
I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.

For he has delivered me out of all trouble,/
and my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 54[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

David has recorded in this psalm the prayers which he offered up to God when he heard of his having been betrayed by the Ziphites, and was reduced to a situation of extreme danger. It cannot fail to impress us with a high idea of his indomitable faith, thus to find him calling upon the name of God in the immediate prospect of death.