The Message

Psalm 57

A David Psalm, When He Hid in a Cave from Saul

11-3 Be good to me, God—and now!
    I’ve run to you for dear life.
I’m hiding out under your wings
    until the hurricane blows over.
I call out to High God,
    the God who holds me together.
He sends orders from heaven and saves me,
    he humiliates those who kick me around.
God delivers generous love,
    he makes good on his word.

I find myself in a pride of lions
    who are wild for a taste of human flesh;
Their teeth are lances and arrows,
    their tongues are sharp daggers.

Soar high in the skies, O God!
    Cover the whole earth with your glory!

They booby-trapped my path;
    I thought I was dead and done for.
They dug a mantrap to catch me,
    and fell in headlong themselves.

7-8 I’m ready, God, so ready,
    ready from head to toe,
Ready to sing, ready to raise a tune:
    “Wake up, soul!
Wake up, harp! wake up, lute!
    Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”

9-10 I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets,
    singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
    every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness.

11 Soar high in the skies, O God!
    Cover the whole earth with your glory!

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 57

Psalm 57

For the director of music. A miktam of David when he had run away from Saul into the cave. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”

Have mercy on me, God. Have mercy on me.
    I go to you for safety.
I will find safety in the shadow of your wings.
    There I will stay until the danger is gone.

I cry out to God Most High.
    I cry out to God, and he shows that I am right.
He answers from heaven and saves me.
    He puts to shame those who chase me.
    He shows his love and that he is faithful.

Men who are like lions are all around me.
    I am forced to lie down among people who are like hungry animals.
Their teeth are like spears and arrows.
    Their tongues are like sharp swords.

God, may you be honored above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over the whole earth.

My enemies spread a net to catch me by the feet.
    I felt helpless.
They dug a pit in my path.
    But they fell into it themselves.

God, my heart feels secure.
    My heart feels secure.
    I will sing and make music to you.
My spirit, wake up!
    Harp and lyre, wake up!
    I want to sing and make music before the sun rises.

Lord, I will praise you among the nations.
    I will sing about you among the people of the earth.
10 Great is your love. It reaches to the heavens.
    Your truth reaches to the skies.

11 God, may you be honored above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over the whole earth.