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.

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

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

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

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

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

7 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.