David wrote this special song for the music leader. Use stringed instruments when you sing it.
A prayer when a friend turns against you #55:1 The psalm has 3 parts: Verses 1-8: David tells us that his enemies have made him afraid. Verses 9-14: David tells us that his friend has turned against him. Verses 15-23: David prays that God will punish his enemies.
1God, listen to my prayer.
Do not turn away
when I ask you to help me.
2Listen carefully and answer me.
I am very upset because of all my troubles.
They are too many for me.
3I am afraid because of what my enemies say.
Those wicked people give me much pain.
They are so angry that they hate me
and they give me nothing but trouble.
4My heart beats fast inside me.
Death seems very close,
and I am very afraid.
5I am shaking with fear!
My troubles are too much for me.
6So I say, ‘If I had wings to fly like a dove,
I would fly away to a safe place.
7Yes! I would go far away,
and I would live in the wilderness.
8I would go quickly to a safe place.
The strong winds and storms of my enemies
would not reach me there!’
9My Lord, make my enemies confused!
Stop them from doing what they want to do.
Everywhere that I look in the city,
I see that they do cruel things to attack people. #55:9 The city is Jerusalem, where David lived.
10They walk on the city's walls
in the day and at night.
Inside the city they do evil things
that bring trouble everywhere.
11They destroy everything!
In all the city's streets, they move freely.
They hurt people and they cheat them.
12But it is not my enemies that have insulted me.
That would not have hurt me.
If my enemy laughs at me,
I can always hide from him!
13But it is you, my best friend!
We did things as men together,
and I trusted you!
14We enjoyed our time together.
We often went to God's temple,
and we joined with the crowd of people there.
15Please let death suddenly destroy my enemies!
May they go down into their graves alive!
They are at home with evil,
and that is all that they think about.
16But I will call to God for help.
The Lord will make me safe.
17I will weep and cry to him,
morning, noon and night.
He will listen to what I say.
18I have very many enemies
who attack me all the time.
But God will rescue me and keep me safe.
19God has always ruled everything as king.
He will listen to me,
and he will punish my enemies.
They refuse to change their thoughts,
and they do not respect God.
20But my friend has turned against his own friends.
He has not been a true friend,
as he promised to be.
21He speaks a message of peace,
but he is really thinking about war.
His words are easy to listen to,
but they hurt like sharp knives.
22Take your problems to the Lord.
He will take care of you.
He will never let his own people fall. #55:22 See 1 Peter 5:7.
23And as for wicked people,
you, God, will send them to their graves.
They will go down into the deep hole of death
while they are still young.
That is what will happen to those cruel people,
who kill and cheat others.
But I will trust in you, God.