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Psalm 54 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Defend Me

54 For the Pure and Shining One, David’s contemplative song of instruction
A song of derision[a] when the Ziphites betrayed David to Saul, saying, “David is hiding among us; come and get him!”
God, deliver me by your mighty name!
Come with your glorious power and save me!
Listen to my prayer; turn your ears to my cry!
These violent men have risen up against me;
heartless, ruthless men[b] who care nothing about God
seek to take my life.
Pause in his presence
But the Lord God has become my divine helper.
He leans into my heart and lays his hands upon me![c]
God will see to it that those who sow evil will reap evil.
So Lord, in your great faithfulness, destroy them once and for all!
Lord, I will offer myself freely, and everything I am I give to you.
I will worship and praise your name, O Lord,
for it is precious to me.
Through you I’m saved—rescued from every trouble.
I’ve seen with my eyes the defeat of my enemies.
I’ve triumphed over them all!


  1. Psalm 54:1 The Hebrew word used here and translated in some versions as “stringed instrument” can also be rendered “a song of mocking.” This is a psalm for anyone who feels betrayed, rejected, and in a difficult situation with no one at his side.
  2. Psalm 54:3 Or “foreigners.”
  3. Psalm 54:4 The word used here is uphold or sustain. It comes from a root word that means “to lean upon or to lay hands upon.” This translation uses both concepts in this verse.
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