A Call for God's Protection

For the choir director: according to "A Silent Dove Far Away." A Davidic Miktam. When the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1 Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.

References for Psalms 56:1

      2 My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.

      References for Psalms 56:2

        • a 56:2 - Or many fight against me, O exalted One, or many fight against me from the heights
          3 When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
          4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

          References for Psalms 56:4

            • b 56:4 - Ps 27:1; 118:6
              5 They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
              6 They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life.

              References for Psalms 56:6

                • c 56:6 - Or They attack
                • d 56:6 - Ps 10:8-10
                  7 Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath.
                  8 You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?

                  References for Psalms 56:8

                    • e 56:8 - Or misery
                      9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.
                      10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,
                      11 in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
                      12 I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You.

                      References for Psalms 56:12

                        • f 56:12 - Lit Upon me the vows
                        • g 56:12 - Lv 7:12
                          13 For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.

                          References for Psalms 56:13