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1 (To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.) Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Commentary for Psalms 56

David seeks mercy from God, amidst the malice of his enemies. (1-7) He rests his faith on God's promises, and declares his obligation to praise him for mercies. (8-13)

1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all the good for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercy there, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise our best plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy. We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hard for him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God's promises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason to make them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged for us, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security. Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, how forcibly it can strike?

8-13 The heavy and continued trials through which many of the Lord's people have passed, should teach us to be silent and patient under lighter crosses. Yet we are often tempted to repine and despond under small sorrows. For this we should check ourselves. David comforts himself, in his distress and fear, that God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God has a bottle and a book for his people's tears, both the tears for their sins, and those for their afflictions. He observes them with tender concern. Every true believer may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and then I will not fear what man shall do unto me; for man has no power but what is given him from above. Thy vows are upon me, O Lord; not as a burden, but as that by which I am known to be thy servant; as a bridle that restrains me from what would be hurtful, and directs me in the way of my duty. And vows of thankfulness properly accompany prayers for mercy. If God deliver us from sin, either from doing it, or by his pardoning mercy, he has delivered our souls from death, which is the wages of sin. Where the Lord has begun a good work he will carry it on and perfect it. David hopes that God would keep him even from the appearance of sin. We should aim in all our desires and expectations of deliverance, both from sin and trouble, that we may do the better service to the Lord; that we may serve him without fear. If his grace has delivered our souls from the death of sin, he will bring us to heaven, to walk before him for ever in light.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 56

  • Felicia
    Verse 13
    After the Lord has taken you through thick and thin you can only be confident that He will be with you in any harassment of the enemy as you continue to depend on Him and abiding in His truth. He will surely deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living. Thank you Lord Jesus.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 37:30 THE MOUTH OF THE RIGHTEOUS SPEAKETH WISDOM AND HIS TONGUE TALKETH OF JUDGEMENT --37:34--WAIT ON THE LORD AND KEEP HIS WAY AND HE SHALL EXALT THEE TO INHERIT THE LAND WHEN THE WICKED ARE CUT OFF THOU SHALT SEE IT 1 CORINTHIANS 1:24 BUT UNTO THEM WHICH ARE CALLED BOTH JEWS AND GREEKS --- CHRIST --- THE POWER OF GOD AND THE WISDOM OF GOD ECCLESIASTES 8:4 WHERE THE WORD OF A KING IS THERE IS POWER AND WHO MAY SAY UNTO HIM WHAT DOEST THOU JOHN 18:37 PILATE THEREFORE SAID UNTO HIM ART THOU A KING THEN JESUS ANSWERED THOU SAYEST THAT I AM A KING TO THIS END WAS I BORN AND FOR THIS REASON --- CAME I INTO THE WORLD --- THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH EVERYONE THAT IS OF THE TRUTH HEARETH MY VOICE
  • Lilian
    In God i will put my trust and I will not fear to my enemy . Jesus is the light of my world in him there is no darkness amen hallelujah
  • BSP
    If we put full trust in Jehovah God and have his protection and blessing, there is nothing that any man can do to us that would cause us eternal harm.
  • A disciple
    In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Psalms 56:11 The temptation of these times is to let the head hang down with dismay and the heart with grief, because the restraint before the wicked is taken away. The things which have ever been told us, as also to our ancestors are not for us to be scandalized by them, but to understand how they are necessary to happen first and then the end. As it was in the days before the flood, the world was going on as if it would never end even though the holy ancients had been preaching and forewarning in the end no one believed but Noah, and ALL the rest who had abandoned the holy and sanctified way of fellowship with God, and faith in the coming Saviour, perished in the cataclysm. Hold fast the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and put your trust in Him who is coming to save the world from the wicked. And be not afraid of their threats and their roaring against you: its for the Lord's sake that we are His face and His words and His hands up to the end and He cannot forget you.
  • Geraldine cole
    Fear not for God is with Us he will not allow anyone to hurt his own study his word so u will have the power of his word within u and pray for the Holy Ghost he will lead and guide u to all Truth be careful of who u make friends with because the devil can change to a angel of light he want to steal kill and destory be aware of the false prophets they are here to help the devil amen
  • Innocent Calistus
    Am 100% confidence I shall conquer my enemies; in God I have put my trust,I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
  • A disciple
    "Thou tellest (number, account of) my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?" When the Lord said that "...your reward shall be great in the heavens;" He was saying that He will pay us our wages for working for Him. When the Angel stood at the Altar of incense before God's throne, and offered the prayers of all Saints; this caused the Day of His Wrath to come!

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In Psalm 56, since David has put his trust in God, he is not afraid of what?
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