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.
2 My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
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?
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.
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?
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.
13 For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.