Psalm 57

[For the music leader. To the tune “Don’t Destroy.” A special psalm by David when he was in the cave while running from Saul.]

Praise and Trust in Times of Trouble

1 God Most High, have pity on me!
    Have mercy. I run to you
        for safety.
    In the shadow of your wings,
    I seek protection
        till danger dies down.
2 I pray to you, my protector.
3 You will send help from heaven
        and save me,
    but you will bring trouble
        on my attackers.
    You are faithful,
        and you can be trusted.

4 I live among lions,
        who gobble down people!
    They have spears and arrows
        instead of teeth,
    and they have sharp swords
        instead of tongues.

5 May you, my God, be honored
        above the heavens;
    may your glory be seen
        everywhere on earth.

6 Enemies set traps for my feet
        and struck me down.
    They dug a pit in my path,
        but fell in it themselves.
7 I am faithful to you,
        and you can trust me.
    I will sing and play music
        for you, my God.
8 I feel wide awake!
    I will wake up my harp
        and wake up the sun.
9 I will praise you, Lord,
        for everyone to hear,
    and I will sing hymns to you
        in every nation.
10 Your love reaches higher
        than the heavens;
     your loyalty extends
        beyond the clouds.

11 May you, my God, be honored
        above the heavens;
     may your glory be seen
        everywhere on earth. 


The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary