For the Pure and Shining One
David’s contemplative song of instruction
A song of derision # 54 The Hebrew word used here and translated in some versions as “stringed instrument” can also be rendered “a song of mocking.” This is a psalm for anyone who feels betrayed, rejected, and stuck in a difficult situation with no one at his or her side. when the Ziphites betrayed David to Saul, saying, “David is hiding among us; come and get him!”
1God, deliver me by your mighty name!
Come with your glorious power and save me!
2Listen to my prayer; turn your ears to my cry!
3These violent men have risen up against me;
heartless, ruthless men # 54:3 Or “foreigners.” who care nothing about God
seek to take my life.
Pause in his presence
4But the Lord God has become my divine helper.
He leans into my heart and lays his hands upon # 54:4 The word used here can be translated “uphold” or “sustain.” It comes from a root word that means “to lean upon” or “to lay hands upon.” This translation includes both concepts in this verse. me!
5God will see to it that those who sow evil will reap evil.
So Lord, in your great faithfulness, destroy them once and for all!
6Lord, I will offer myself freely, and everything I am I give to you.
I will worship and praise your name, O Lord,
for it is precious to me.
7Through you I’m saved—rescued from every trouble.
I’ve seen with my eyes the defeat of my enemies.
I’ve triumphed over them all!