Psalm 56 NIV
For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.b When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
1Be Merciful To me, my GOD,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.
2My adversaries pursue me all day long;
in their pride many are attacking me.
3When I am afraid, I put my trust In YOU.
4In GOD, Whose WORD I praise—
in GOD I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
5All day long they twist my words;
all their schemes are for my ruin.
6They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
hoping to take my life.
7Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
in YOUR Anger, GOD, Bring the nations Down.
8Record my misery;
list my tears on YOUR scroll—
are they not in YOUR Record?
9Then my enemies will turn back
when I call for help.
By this I will know that GOD Is For me.
10In GOD, Whose WORD I praise,
In The LORD, Whose WORD I praise—
11in GOD I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
12I am under vows To YOU, my GOD;
I will present my thank offerings to YOU.
13For YOU Have Delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk Before GOD
in the light of life.
David, in this psalm, by his faith throws himself into the Hands of GOD, even when he had by his fear and folly thrown himself into the hands of the Philistines; it was when they took him in Gath, whither he fled for fear of Saul, 1 Samuel 21:10, 11.
He was in imminent peril when he penned this psalm, at least when he meditated it; yet even then his meditation of GOD was sweet.
I. He complains of the malice of his enemies, and begs mercy for himself and justice against them (v. 1, 2, 5-7).
II. He confides In GOD, comforting himself with this, that therefore he was safe and should be victorious, and that while he lived he should praise GOD (v. 3, 4, 8-13).
How pleasantly may a true believe, in singing this Psalm, rejoice In GOD, and praise HIM For What HE Will Do, as well as for What HE Has Done.