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Psalm 57

Refuge in the Shadow of Your Wings
(Psalm 57:7-11 parallels Psalm 108:1-5)


For the choir director. “Do Not Destroy.”[a] By David. A miktam.
When he fled from Saul. In the cave.[b]

The Opening Plea

Have mercy on me, O God,
have mercy on me,
because my soul has taken refuge in you.
In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge
    until destruction has passed by.
I call to God Most High,
to God, who completes his plans for me.[c]
He will send from heaven, and he will save me. Interlude
He puts to shame the one who pants as he pursues me.[d]
God will send his mercy and his faithfulness.

The Problem

My life is spent among lions.
I lie down among ferocious men,
whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongue is a sharp sword.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
May your glory be over all the earth.
They spread a net for my steps.
My soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in front of me. Interlude
They have fallen into it.

David’s Confidence

My heart is steadfast, O God.
My heart is steadfast.
I will sing and I will make music.
Awake, my soul![e]
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O Lord.
I will make music to you among the nations,[f]
10 because your great mercy reaches above the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the skies.
11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
Let your glory be over all the earth.


  1. Psalm 57:1 This may be the name of the tune.
  2. Psalm 57:1 The cave at Adullam in 1 Samuel 22 or the cave at En Gedi in 1 Samuel 24
  3. Psalm 57:2 Or avenges me
  4. Psalm 57:3 Or who tramples me
  5. Psalm 57:8 Literally my glory
  6. Psalm 57:9 The main Hebrew text divides the word for nations into two words to create the derogatory expression non-nations.