The Psalms

Psalm 57

David, in prayer fleeing to God, complains of his dangerous case, 1-6. He encourages himself to praise God, 7-11.

1 [To the Chief Musician. Al-taschith. Michtam of David: when he fled from Saul in the cave.] Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for my soul trusts in you. Even in the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge until these calamities have passed.

2 I will cry to God most high, to God who performs all things for me.

3 He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him who would swallow me up. [Selah.] God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

4 My soul is among lions. And I lie even among those who are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be above all the earth.

6 They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They have dug a pit before me, into the midst of which they have fallen themselves. [Selah.]

7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed. I will sing and give praise.

8 Awake, my glory. Awake, psaltery and harp. I myself will awake early.

9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the people. I will sing to you among the nations.

10 For your mercy is great to the heavens and your truth to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be above all the earth.

Commentary

Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 57

Notes

Top