Psalm 57
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Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors.

To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David] when he fled from Saul in the cave.

1Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious and merciful to me,

For my soul finds shelter and safety in You,

And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge and be confidently secure

Until destruction passes by.

2I will cry to God Most High,

Who accomplishes all things on my behalf [for He completes my purpose in His plan].

3He will send from heaven and save me;

He calls to account him who tramples me down. Selah.

God will send out His lovingkindness and His truth.

4My life is among lions;

I must lie among those who breathe out fire--

The sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows,

And their tongue a sharp sword.

5Be exalted above the heavens, O God;

Let Your glory and majesty be over all the earth.

6They [a]set a net for my steps;

My very life was bowed down.

They dug a pit before me;

Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah.

7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident!

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]!

8Awake, my glory!

Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

9I will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the people;

I will sing praises to You among the nations.

10For Your faithfulness and lovingkindness are great, reaching to the heavens,

And Your truth to the clouds.

11Be exalted above the heavens, O God;

Let Your glory and majesty be over all the earth.

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