Psalms 57

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1 1Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul 2takes refuge; in 3the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, 4till the storms of destruction pass by.
2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who 5fulfills his purpose for me.
3 6He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame 7him who tramples on me. Selah 8God will send out 9his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
4 My soul is in the midst of 10lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts-- the children of man, whose 11teeth are spears and arrows, whose 12tongues are sharp swords.
5 13Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
6 They set 14a net for my steps; my soul was 15bowed down. They 16dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7 17My heart is 18steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
8 19Awake, 20my glory![a] Awake, 21O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your 22steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 23Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

Psalms 57 Commentary

Chapter 57

David begins with prayer and complaint. (1-6) He concludes with joy and praise. (7-11)

Verses 1-6 All David's dependence is upon God. The most eminent believers need often repeat the publican's prayer, "God be merciful to me a sinner." But if our souls trust in the Lord, this may assure us, in our utmost dangers, that our calamities will at length be overpast, and in the mean time, by faith and prayer, we must make him our refuge. Though God be most high, yet he condescends so low, as to take care that all things are made to work for good to his people. This is a good reason why we should pray earnestly. Look which way we will on this earth, refuge fails, no help appears; but we may look for it from heaven. If we have fled from the wrath to come, unto Jesus Christ, he that performed all things needful to purchase the salvation of his people, will do for us and in us all things needful for our enjoyment of it. It made David droop to think there should be those that bore him so much ill-will. But the mischief they designed against him, returned on themselves. And when David was in the greatest distress and disgrace, he did not pray, Lord, exalt me, but, Lord, exalt thine own name. Our best encouragement in prayer, is taken from the glory of God, and to that, more than to our own comfort, we should have regard in all our petitions for mercy.

Verses 7-11 By lively faith, David's prayers and complaints are at once turned into praises. His heart is fixed; it is prepared for every event, being stayed upon God. If by the grace of God we are brought into this even, composed frame of mind, we have great reason to be thankful. Nothing is done to purpose, in religion, unless it is done with the heart. The heart must be fixed for the duty, put in frame for it; fixed in the duty by close attention. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when praising God; dull and sleepy devotions will never be acceptable to God. Let us awake early in the morning, to begin the day with God; early in the beginning of a mercy. When God comes toward us with his favours, let us go forth to meet him with our praises. David desired to bring others to join in praising God; and in his psalms, he is still praising God among the people, singing to Him among the nations. Let us seek to have our hearts fixed to praise his boundless mercy and unfailing faithfulness; and to glorify him with body, soul, and spirit, which are his. Let us earnestly pray that the blessings of the gospel may be sent through every land.

Cross References 23

  • 1. Psalms 56:1; See Psalms 4:1
  • 2. Psalms 91:4
  • 3. See Psalms 17:8
  • 4. Isaiah 26:20
  • 5. Psalms 138:8
  • 6. Psalms 144:5, 7; [Psalms 18:16]
  • 7. See Psalms 56:1
  • 8. Psalms 43:3
  • 9. See Psalms 36:5; Psalms 40:11
  • 10. Psalms 58:6
  • 11. Proverbs 30:14
  • 12. Psalms 55:21; Psalms 59:7; Psalms 64:3; Proverbs 12:18; [Psalms 52:2; Jeremiah 9:8]
  • 13. Psalms 108:5; [Psalms 113:4]
  • 14. See Job 18:8
  • 15. Psalms 145:14; Psalms 146:8
  • 16. See Psalms 7:15
  • 17. For ver. 7-11, see Psalms 108:1-5
  • 18. Psalms 112:7
  • 19. Judges 5:12
  • 20. See Psalms 16:9
  • 21. 1 Chronicles 15:16
  • 22. See Psalms 36:5
  • 23. [See ver. 5 above]

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Psalms 57 Commentaries

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