Psalm 57

Flight from Saul 1
My soul is among the lions 4
Be exalted O God 5
My heart is fixed 7
This psalm is similar to its twin, ps056, but expresses more confidence
.1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.>> Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 
 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
  1 - In the cave See 1sa2201. David's family came to join him.
  1 - Shadow See on ps01708, cf ru0212, mt2337.
  2 - God most high Also in ps07856.
.3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 
.4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
  3 - His mercy What a powerful promise! ps02510. God sends angels to keep us from evil if we only ask.
  4 - Lions ps00702, ps01009. Expression of self-pity like this would not have pleased God who is ready to help us in time of need na0107, ps04601-5.
.5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.   The refrain, also appearing in v11.
 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. -
.7 ¶ My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 
.8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
  Fixed We may grow in Christ to where our loyalty is unmovable.
 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
.11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
  9 - Praise ... among the nations Our call to reach out to those who do not know our God.
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