For the worship leader. A prayer[a] of David to the tune “Silent Dove in the Distance,”[b] when the Philistine oppressors seized him in Gath.
Psalm 56 brings to mind the time when David fled from Saul and sought help from the Philistines, his former enemies (1 Samuel 21:10–15). In his time of panic and fear, David found courage in trusting God to do what could not be done by human power and ingenuity alone.
1 Show mercy to me, O God, because people are crushing me— grinding me down like dirt underfoot—all day long. No matter what I do, I can’t get myself out from under them. 2 My enemies are crushing me, yes all day long, O Highest of High, for many come proud and raise their hands against me. 3 When struck by fear, I let go, depending securely upon You alone. 4 In God—whose word I praise— in God I place my trust. I shall not let fear come in, for what can measly men do to me? 5 All day long they warp my words; all their thoughts against me are mangled by evil. 6 They conspire, then lurk about. They eye my every move, Waiting to steal my very life. 7 Because they are wicked through and through, drag them out. In Your just anger, O God, cast them down!
8 You have taken note of my journey through life, caught each of my tears in Your bottle. But God, are they not also blots on Your book? 9 Then my enemies shall turn back and scatter on the day I call out to You. This I know for certain: God is on my side. 10 In God whose word I praise and in the Eternal whose word I praise— 11 In God I have placed my trust. I shall not let fear come in, for what can measly men do to me?
12 I am bound by Your promise, O God. My life is my offering of thanksgiving to You, 13 For You have saved my soul from the darkness of death, steadied my feet from stumbling So I might continue to walk before God, embraced in the light of the living.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade to remove banner ads and unlock new features!
For the best Bible Gateway experience, consider an upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus. For less than the cost of a latte each month, you'll get reduced banner ads and a huge digital Bible study library. Try it free for 30 days!