The Psalms

Psalm 56

David, praying to God in confidence of his word, complains of his enemies, 1-8. He professes his confidence in God's word and promises to praise him, 9-13.

1 [To the Chief Musician upon Jonathelem-rechokim. Michtam of David: when the Philistines took him in Gath.] Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up. Fighting daily he oppresses me.

2 My enemies would swallow me up daily, for they are many who fight against me, O Most High.

3 In the time when I am afraid, I will trust in you.

4 In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust. I will not fear what flesh can do to me.

5 Every day they wrest my words. All their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They assemble themselves, they hide themselves, they mark my steps when they wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In your anger cast down the people, O God.

8 You number my wanderings. Put my tears into your bottle. Are they not in your book?

9 When I cry to you, my enemies shall turn back. I know this, for God is for me.

10 In God (I will praise his word), in the LORD (I will praise his word),

11 In God I have put my trust. I will not be afraid of what man can do to me.

12 Your vows are upon me, O God. I will render praises to you.

13 For you have delivered my soul from death. Will you not deliver my feet from falling so that I may walk before God in the light of the living?


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 56


[v.4] - Reference, Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6.