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Triumphant Faith

To the Pure and Shining One

King David’s golden song of instruction composed when he hid from Saul in a cave[a]

To the tune of “Do Not Destroy”

57 Please, God, show me mercy!
    Open your grace-fountain for me,
    for you are my soul’s true shelter.
    I will hide beneath the shadow of your embrace,
    under the wings of your cherubim,
    until this terrible trouble is past.
I will cry out to you, the God of the highest heaven,
    the mighty God, who performs all these wonders for me.
From heaven he will send a father’s help to save me.
    He will trample down those who trample me.
Pause in his presence
    He will always show me love
    by his gracious and constant care.
I am surrounded by these fierce and brutal men.
    They are like lions just wanting to tear me to shreds.
    Why must I continue to live among these seething terrorists,
    breathing out their angry threats and insults against me?
Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens.
    May your shining glory be seen in the skies!
    Let it be seen high above over all the earth!
For they have set a trap for me.[b]
    Frantic fear has me overwhelmed.
    But look! The very trap they set for me
    has sprung shut upon themselves instead of me!
Pause in his presence
My heart, O God, is quiet and confident.
    Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises!
Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendor-song!
    Arise, my soul, and sing his praises!
    My worship will awaken the dawn,
    greeting the daybreak with my songs of praise!
Wherever I go, I will thank you, my God.
    Among all the nations they will hear my praise songs to you.
10 Your love is so extravagant it reaches to the heavens;
    your faithfulness so astonishing it stretches to the sky!
11 Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens.
    May your shining glory be shown in the skies!
    Let it be seen high above all the earth!

Footnotes

  1. 57 This incident is recorded in 1 Sam. 24.
  2. 57:6 The Septuagint reads “They have dug a cesspool in front of me.”

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