For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, ‘Is not David hiding among us?’
1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me –
people without regard for God.[c]
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
Prayer for Defense against Enemies.
To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is hiding among us.”
1Save me, O God, by Your name;
And vindicate me by Your [wondrous] power.
Hear my prayer, O God;
Listen to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen against me
And violent men have sought my life;
They have not set God before them. Selah.
Behold, God is my helper and ally;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul [my upholder].
He will pay back the evil to my enemies;
In Your faithfulness destroy them.
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You;
I will give thanks and praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For He has rescued me from every trouble,
And my eye has looked with satisfaction (triumph) on my enemies.