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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.

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.

5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

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.

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.

Commentary for Psalms 57

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

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.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 57

  • Ivy Jihnson
    Psalm 57:
    Prayer while among Enemies!
    This is David’s prayer during a time when circumstances were very dark. He was in a cave of Abdullah, hiding from King Saul(1 Samuel 22:1: 24:1: 26:1):
    David continues to trust in God! It’s obvious: God knows how to get our attention:
    When everything is going good, we tend to forget God, but when we are in
    trouble, we want God to help us: do same again:
  • Marian Wilson
    God is merciful and long suffering and slow to anger
  • I AM
    The commandment of the LORD is come as the holy Angels are here:) They shall now sever the wicked from among the just and my people shall rejoice for evermore! AMEN
  • Rad Peter
    When one read it, it give one strength of life to live up right in the Holy name of ADONDI the ALMIGHTY FATHER ✡🔱
  • Noel Grant
    This is one that I say by heart on a daily basis
  • Pastor Shirley
    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. (Remember this trial shall pass. Trust him stay close to him he will always see you through) amen
  • Frank Silva Metzger
    It a great chapter And verse
  • Annie
    If its not for God's glory or your growth pass it over
  • Charlotte
    God is so awesome, He let 's us know to seek Him early in the morning, while He may be found. It let us know that seeking Him in the midnight hours is not in vain. Pray, Praise and Press your way through your most difficult times without murmuring and complaining. And God Almighty will reward you if you do it sincerely with a willful heart. Let your heart be set on fire for God knowing that your deliverance is already been done. Knowing you have the VICTORY IN GOD. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
  • Tekulvia Traylor for verse 2
    2 verse is saying give god your highest praisr because he provide you with many thing

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When David was being persecuted, he felt as if his soul was among what?
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