For the choir director; set to[a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.
59 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; [d]Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed. 3 For behold, they have [e]set an ambush for my [f]life; [g]Fierce men [h]launch an attack against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord, 4 [i]For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me. Arouse Yourself to [j]help me, and see! 5 You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to [k]punish all the nations; Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. [l]Selah. 6 They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city. 7 Behold, they belch forth with their mouth; Swords are in their lips, For, they say, “Who hears?” 8 But You, O Lord, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations.
9 Because of[m]his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold. 10 [n]My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon [o]my foes. 11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget; [p]Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield. 12 [q]On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be caught in their pride, And on account of curses and [r]lies which they utter. 13 [s]Destroy them in wrath, [t]destroy them that they may be no more; That men may know that God [u]rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah. 14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city. 15 They wander about [v]for food And [w]growl if they are not satisfied.
16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. 17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the [x]God who shows me lovingkindness.
Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help.
For the choir director; according to [y]Shushan Eduth. A [z]Mikhtam of David, to teach; [aa]when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.
60 O God, You have rejected us. You have [ab]broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us. 2 You have made the [ac]land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters. 3 You have [ad]made Your people experience hardship; You have given us [ae]wine to drink that makes us stagger. 4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. [af]Selah. 5 That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer [ag]us!
6 God has spoken in His [ah]holiness: “I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth. 7 “Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the [ai]helmet of My head; Judah is My [aj]scepter. 8 “Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!”
9 Who will bring me into the besieged city? Who [ak]will lead me to Edom? 10 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us? And will You not go forth with our armies, O God? 11 O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance [al]by man is in vain. 12 [am]Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.
Confidence in God’s Protection.
For the choir director; on a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.
61 Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength [an]against the enemy. 4 Let me [ao]dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. [ap]Selah.
5 For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name. 6 You will [aq]prolong the king’s [ar]life; His years will be as many generations. 7 He will [as]abide before God forever; Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him. 8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day.
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