New International Reader's Version

Psalm 56

Psalm 56

For the director of music. A miktam of David after the Philistines had captured him in Gath. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oak Trees.”

Help me, God. Men are chasing me.
    All day long they keep attacking me.
My enemies chase me all day long.
    Many proud people are attacking me.

When I’m afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
I trust in God. I praise his word.
    I trust in God. I am not afraid.
    What can mere people do to me?

All day long they twist my words.
    They are always making plans to destroy me.
They get together and hide.
    They watch my steps.
    They hope to kill me.

Because they are so evil, make sure you don’t let them escape.
    God, bring down the nations in your anger.
Make a record of my sadness.
    List my tears in your book.
    Aren’t you making a record of them?

My enemies will turn back
    when I call out to you for help.
    Then I will know that God is on my side.
10 I trust in God. I praise his word.
    I trust in the Lord. I praise his word.
11 I trust in God. I am not afraid.
    What can mere people do to me?

12 God, I have made promises to you.
    I will bring my thank offerings to you.
13 You have saved me from the darkness of death.
    You have kept me from tripping and falling.
Now I can live with you
    in the light of life.

The Message

Psalm 56

A David Psalm, When He Was Captured by the Philistines in Gath

11-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around,
    stomped on every day.
Not a day goes by
    but somebody beats me up;
They make it their duty
    to beat me up.
When I get really afraid
    I come to you in trust.
I’m proud to praise God;
    fearless now, I trust in God.
    What can mere mortals do?

5-6 They don’t let up—
    they smear my reputation
    and huddle to plot my collapse.
They gang up,
    sneak together through the alleys
To take me by surprise,
    wait their chance to get me.

Pay them back in evil!
    Get angry, God!
    Down with these people!

You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
    through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
    each ache written in your book.

If my enemies run away,
    turn tail when I yell at them,
Then I’ll know
    that God is on my side.

10-11 I’m proud to praise God,
    proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
    what can mere mortals do to me?

12-13 God, you did everything you promised,
    and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
    my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
    in the sunlit fields of life.