New International Reader's Version

Psalm 54

Psalm 54

For the director of music. To be played on stringed instruments. A maskil of David when the men from Ziph had gone to Saul. They had said, “Isn’t David hiding among us?”

God, save me by your power.
    Set me free by your might.
God, hear my prayer.
    Listen to what I’m saying.

Enemies who are proud are attacking me.
    Mean people are trying to kill me.
    They don’t care about God.

But I know that God helps me.
    The Lord is the one who keeps me going.

My enemies tell lies about me.
    Do to them the evil things they planned against me.
    God, be faithful and destroy them.

I will sacrifice an offering to you
    just because I choose to.
Lord, I will praise your name
    because it is good.
You have saved me from all my troubles.
    With my own eyes I have seen you win the battle over my enemies.

The Message

Psalm 54

A David Psalm, When the Ziphites Reported to Saul, “David Is Hiding Out with Us”

11-2 God, for your sake, help me!
    Use your influence to clear me.
Listen, God—I’m desperate.
    Don’t be too busy to hear me.

Outlaws are out to get me,
    hit men are trying to kill me.
Nothing will stop them;
    God means nothing to them.

4-5 Oh, look! God’s right here helping!
    God’s on my side,
Evil is looping back on my enemies.
    Don’t let up! Finish them off!

6-7 I’m ready now to worship, so ready.
    I thank you, God—you’re so good.
You got me out of every scrape,
    and I saw my enemies get it.