David asks God to defend him from bloodthirsty men. His trust in God unshaken, David asks to be made him safe and secure, and his enemies humiliated.
For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A poem by David, when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
VERSE 1. Deliver me from my enemies, my God. Set me on high from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from my enemies. Once again, David’s enemies are hunting him down.
Set me on high. David asks to be rescued.
VERSE 2. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity. Save me from the bloodthirsty men.
VERSE 3. For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul. The mighty gather themselves together against me, not for my disobedience, nor for my sin, LORD.
gather themselves together against me. They conspired together against David.
VERSE 4. I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Rise up, behold, and help me!
VERSE 5. You, LORD God of Hosts, the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish the nations. Show no mercy to the wicked traitors. Selah.
VERSE 6. They return at evening, howling like dogs, and prowl around the city.
VERSE 7. Behold, they spew with their mouth. Swords are in their lips, “For”, they say, “who hears us?”
Swords are in their lips. That is, their words were sharp and offensive like swords.
VERSE 8. But you, LORD, laugh at them. You scoff at all the nations.
VERSE 9. Oh, my Strength, I watch for you, for God is my high tower.
VERSE 10. My God will go before me with his loving kindness. God will let me look at my enemies in triumph.
VERSE 11. Don’t kill them, or my people may forget. Scatter them by your power, and bring them down, Lord our shield.
Scatter them by your power. David’s asks God to turn them into outcasts and fugitives and make them wander in humiliation.
VERSE 12. For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride, for the curses and lies which they utter.
curses and lies. David asks God to expose their proud curses and lies.
VERSE 13. Consume them in wrath. Consume them, and they will be no more. Let them know that God rules in Jacob, to the ends of the earth. Selah.
VERSE 14. At evening let them return. Let them howl like a dog, and go around the city.
VERSE 15. They shall wander up and down for food, and wait all night if they aren’t satisfied.
VERSE 16. But I will sing of your strength. Yes, I will sing aloud of your loving kindness in the morning. For you have been my high tower, a refuge in the day of my distress.
I will sing aloud of your loving kindness. This is a beautiful hymn of praise and thanksgiving!
VERSE 17. To you, my strength, I will sing praises. For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.
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