For the worship leader. A prayer[a] of David to the tune “Do Not Destroy,”[b] when he hid from Saul in a cave.
This individual lament refers back to those perilous times when David fled from Saul and hid in caves (1 Samuel 22; 24). David found real security not in the hidden recesses of the caves but in the shadow of God’s wings.
1 Mercy. May Your mercy come to me, O God, for my soul is safe within You, the guardian of my life. I will seek protection in the shade of Your wings until the destruction has passed. 2 I cry out to God, the Most High, to God who always does what is good for me. 3 Out of heaven my rescue comes. He dispatches His mercy and truth And goes after whoever tries to run over me.
4 I am surrounded by lions; I lie in a den of ravenous beasts. Those around me have spears and arrows for teeth, a sharpened blade for a tongue.
5 O God, be lifted up above the heavens; may Your glory cover the earth.
6 Yet my foes cast a net to catch my feet and bring me to my knees. I am weary from all of this. They dug a pit to snare me but fell into their own trap.
7 My heart is ready, O God; my heart is ready, And I will sing! Yes, I will sing praise! 8 Wake up, my glory! Wake up, harp and lyre; I will stir the sleepy dawn with praise! 9 I will offer You my thanks, O Lord, before the nations of the world; I will sing of Your greatness no matter where I am. 10 For Your amazing mercy ascends far into the heavens; Your truth rises above the clouds. 11 O God, be lifted up above the heavens; may Your glory cover the earth.
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