Bible: Pss. 54-64
Psalm 54 1
O God, deliver me by your name! 4
Vindicate me 5 by your power!
54:2 O God, listen to my prayer!
Pay attention to what I say! 6
ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. 9 (Selah)
54:4 Look, God is my deliverer! 10
The Lord is among those who support me. 11
As a demonstration of your faithfulness, 14 destroy them!
54:6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice 15 to you!
I will give thanks to your name, O
and I triumph over my enemies. 18
Psalm 55 19
55:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 20 by David.
Listen, O God, to my prayer!
Do not ignore 21 my appeal for mercy!
55:2 Pay attention to me and answer me!
55:3 because of what the enemy says, 25
and angrily attack me.
55:4 My heart beats violently 30 within me;
the horrors of death overcome me. 31
55:5 Fear and panic overpower me; 32
terror overwhelms 33 me.
55:6 I say, 34 “I wish I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
55:7 Look, I will escape to a distant place;
I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)
55:8 I will hurry off to a place that is safe
from the strong wind 35 and the gale.”
55:9 Confuse them, 36 O Lord!
Frustrate their plans! 37
For I see violence and conflict in the city.
55:10 Day and night they walk around on its walls, 38
while wickedness and destruction 39 are within it.
55:11 Disaster is within it;
violence 40 and deceit do not depart from its public square.
55:12 Indeed, 41 it is not an enemy who insults me,
or else I could bear it;
it is not one who hates me who arrogantly taunts me, 42
or else I could hide from him.
my close friend in whom I confided. 45
55:14 We would share personal thoughts with each other; 46
in God’s temple we would walk together among the crowd.
55:15 May death destroy them! 47
May they go down alive into Sheol! 48
For evil is in their dwelling place and in their midst.
55:16 As for me, I will call out to God,
55:17 During the evening, morning, and noontime
I will lament and moan, 49
55:19 God, the one who has reigned as king from long ago,
will hear and humiliate them. 56 (Selah)
They refuse to change,
and do not fear God. 57
he breaks his solemn promises to them. 61
55:21 His words are as smooth as butter, 62
but he harbors animosity in his heart. 63
His words seem softer than oil,
but they are really like sharp swords. 64
55:22 Throw your burden 65 upon the
and he will sustain you. 66
He will never allow the godly to be upended. 67
But as for me, I trust in you.
Psalm 56 72
Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! 76
56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat 79 attack me all day long.
56:3 When 82 I am afraid,
I trust in you.
56:4 In God – I boast in his promise 83 –
in God I trust, I am not afraid.
56:5 All day long they cause me trouble; 86
they make a habit of plotting my demise. 87
they watch my every step, 90
56:7 Because they are bent on violence, do not let them escape! 93
56:8 You keep track of my misery. 96
Put my tears in your leather container! 97
Are they not recorded in your scroll? 98
56:9 My enemies will turn back when I cry out to you for help; 99
I know that God is on my side. 100
56:10 In God – I boast in his promise 101 –
56:11 in God I trust, I am not afraid.
56:12 I am obligated to fulfill the vows I made to you, O God; 105
I will give you the thank-offerings you deserve, 106
56:13 when you deliver 107 my life from death.
You keep my feet from stumbling, 108
Psalm 57 111
Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me!
For in you I have taken shelter. 115
In the shadow of your wings 116 I take shelter
until trouble passes.
57:2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God, 117
to the God who vindicates 118 me.
57:3 May he send help from heaven and deliver me 119
from my enemies who hurl insults! 120 (Selah)
May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!
57:4 I am surrounded by lions;
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are a sharp sword. 123
57:5 Rise up 124 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth! 125
57:6 They have prepared a net to trap me; 126
I am discouraged. 127
They have dug a pit for me. 128
They will fall 129 into it! (Selah)
57:7 I am determined, 130 O God! I am determined!
I will sing and praise you!
57:8 Awake, my soul! 131
Awake, O stringed instrument and harp!
I will wake up at dawn! 132
57:9 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master!
I will sing praises to you before foreigners! 133
57:10 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, 134
and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
57:11 Rise up 135 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth! 136
Psalm 58 137
Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? 140
Do you judge people 141 fairly?
you deal out violence in the earth. 144
58:3 The wicked turn aside from birth; 145
liars go astray as soon as they are born. 146
58:4 Their venom is like that of a snake, 147
58:5 that does not respond to 150 the magicians,
or to a skilled snake-charmer.
58:6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths!
Smash the jawbones of the lions, O
Let them wither like grass! 153
58:9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, 158
58:10 The godly 161 will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
“Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! 164
Yes indeed, there is a God who judges 165 in the earth!”
Psalm 59 166
Deliver me from my enemies, my God!
59:2 Deliver me from evildoers! 172
Rescue me from violent men! 173
59:3 For look, they wait to ambush me; 174
powerful men stalk 175 me,
but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O
Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 179
59:5 You, O
rouse yourself and punish 181 all the nations!
Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)
59:6 They return in the evening;
they growl 182 like a dog
and prowl around outside 183 the city.
59:7 Look, they hurl insults at me
and openly threaten to kill me, 184
for they say, 185
59:8 But you, O
you taunt 187 all the nations.
59:9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 188
For God is my refuge. 189
59:10 The God who loves me will help me; 190
59:11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,
because then my people might forget the lesson. 193
Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,
O Lord who shields us! 194
59:12 They speak sinful words. 195
So let them be trapped by their own pride
and by the curses and lies they speak!
59:13 Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish!
Let them know that God rules
in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)
59:14 They return in the evening;
they growl 196 like a dog
and prowl around outside 197 the city.
59:15 They wander around looking for something to eat;
they refuse to sleep until they are full. 198
59:16 As for me, I will sing about your strength;
I will praise your loyal love in the morning.
For you are my refuge 199
and my place of shelter when I face trouble. 200
59:17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! 201
Psalm 60 204
60:1 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 205 a prayer 206 of David written to instruct others. 207 It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 208 12,000 Edomites 209 in the Valley of Salt. 210
O God, you have rejected us. 211
You suddenly turned on us in your anger. 212
Please restore us! 213
60:2 You made the earth quake; you split it open. 214
Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall. 215
60:3 You have made your people experience hard times; 216
you have made us drink intoxicating wine. 217
60:4 You have given your loyal followers 218 a rallying flag,
so that they might seek safety from the bow. 219 (Selah)
so that the ones you love may be safe. 222
60:6 God has spoken in his sanctuary: 223
“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem;
the Valley of Succoth I will measure off. 224
60:7 Gilead belongs to me,
as does Manasseh! 225
Ephraim is my helmet, 226
Judah my royal scepter. 227
60:8 Moab is my washbasin. 228
I will make Edom serve me. 229
I will shout in triumph over Philistia.” 230
60:9 Who will lead me into the fortified city?
Who will bring me to Edom? 231
60:10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.
60:11 Give us help against the enemy,
for any help men might offer is futile. 232
60:12 By God’s power we will conquer; 233
he will trample down 234 our enemies.
Psalm 61 235
61:1 For the music director; to be played on a stringed instrument; written by David.
O God, hear my cry for help!
Pay attention to my prayer!
61:2 From the most remote place on earth 236
I call out to you in my despair. 237
a strong tower that protects me from the enemy. 242
61:4 I will be a permanent guest in your home; 243
I will find shelter in the protection of your wings. 244 (Selah)
61:5 For you, O God, hear my vows;
you grant me the reward that belongs to your loyal followers. 245
61:6 Give the king long life!
Make his lifetime span several generations! 246
61:7 May he reign 247 forever before God!
Decree that your loyal love and faithfulness should protect him. 248
61:8 Then I will sing praises to your name continually, 249
as I fulfill 250 my vows day after day.
Psalm 62 251
62:1 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.
For God alone I patiently wait; 252
he is the one who delivers me. 253
62:2 He alone is my protector 254 and deliverer.
62:3 How long will you threaten 257 a man?
All of you are murderers, 258
as dangerous as a leaning wall or an unstable fence. 259
They love to use deceit; 263
they pronounce blessings with their mouths,
but inwardly they utter curses. 264 (Selah)
62:5 Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! 265
For he is the one who gives me confidence. 266
62:6 He alone is my protector 267 and deliverer.
62:7 God delivers me and exalts me;
God is my strong protector and my shelter. 270
62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people!
Pour out your hearts before him! 271
God is our shelter! (Selah)
62:9 Men are nothing but a mere breath;
human beings are unreliable. 272
When they are weighed in the scales,
all of them together are lighter than air. 273
62:10 Do not trust in what you can gain by oppression! 274
Do not put false confidence in what you can gain by robbery! 275
If wealth increases, do not become attached to it! 276
62:11 God has declared one principle;
two principles I have heard: 277
God is strong, 278
62:12 and you, O Lord, demonstrate loyal love. 279
For you repay men for what they do. 280
Psalm 63 281
63:1 A psalm of David, written when he was in the Judean wilderness. 282
O God, you are my God! I long for you! 283
My soul thirsts 284 for you,
my flesh yearns for you,
in a dry and parched 285 land where there is no water.
and witnessed 288 your power and splendor.
my lips will praise you.
63:4 For this reason 291 I will praise you while I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands. 292
My mouth joyfully praises you, 295
63:6 whenever 296 I remember you on my bed,
and think about you during the nighttime hours.
63:7 For you are my deliverer; 297
under your wings 298 I rejoice.
your right hand upholds me.
63:9 Enemies seek to destroy my life, 301
but they will descend into the depths of the earth. 302
63:10 Each one will be handed over to the sword; 303
their corpses will be eaten by jackals. 304
63:11 But the king 305 will rejoice in God;
everyone who takes oaths in his name 306 will boast,
for the mouths of those who speak lies will be shut up. 307
Psalm 64 308
64:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.
Listen to me, 309 O God, as I offer my lament!
64:2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,
from the crowd of evildoers. 312
64:3 They 313 sharpen their tongues like a sword;
they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 314
64:4 in order to shoot down the innocent 315 in secluded places.
They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 316
64:5 They encourage one another to carry out their evil deed. 317
They plan how to hide 318 snares,
64:6 They devise 321 unjust schemes;
Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered. 324
64:7 But God will shoot 325 at them;
64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise. 328
All who see them will shudder, 329
64:9 and all people will fear. 330
They will proclaim 331 what God has done,
and reflect on his deeds.
64:10 The godly will rejoice in the
and take shelter in him.