(For the music leader. To the tune “A Silent Dove in the Distance.”[a] A special psalm by David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.)
A Prayer of Trust in God
56 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[b] 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.
Psalm 56A Silent. . . Distance: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
56.7They. . . away: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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