Psalm 56

1 (For the music leader. To the tune "A Silent Dove in the Distance." A special psalm by David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.) Have pity, God Most High! My enemies chase me all day.

2 Many of them are pursuing and attacking me,

3 but even when I am afraid, I keep on trusting you.

4 I praise your promises! I trust you and am not afraid. No one can harm me.

5 Enemies spend the whole day finding fault with me; all they think about is how to do me harm.

6 They attack from ambush, watching my every step and hoping to kill me.

7 They won't get away with these crimes, God, because when you get angry, you destroy people.

8 You have kept record of my days of wandering. You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each of them.

9 When I pray, LORD God, my enemies will retreat, because I know for certain that you are with me.

10 I praise your promises!

11 I trust you and am not afraid. No one can harm me.

12 I will keep my promises to you, my God, and bring you gifts.

13 You protected me from death and kept me from stumbling, so that I would please you and follow the light that leads to life.

The Today's English Version, Copyright © 1997 by the American Bible Society.

Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary