So often the righteous are under attack, but the LORD helps us in our troubles.

BibleGateway: Psalm 54

ESV Text: Psalm 54

Psalm 54 (Listen)

The Lord Upholds My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil1 of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”


54:1   O God, save me by your name,
    and vindicate me by your might.
  O God, hear my prayer;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.


  For strangers2 have risen against me;
    ruthless men seek my life;
    they do not set God before themselves. Selah


  Behold, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.
  He will return the evil to my enemies;
    in your faithfulness put an end to them.


  With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
    I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
  For he has delivered me from every trouble,
    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Footnotes

[1] 54:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

[2] 54:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum insolent men (compare Psalm 86:14)

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KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 54:

     1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

     4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. 5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 260:
O Lord, Look Down from Heaven

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Lord, look down from heaven, behold 
And let Thy pity waken: 
How few are we within Thy Fold, 
Thy saints by men forsaken! 
True faith seems quenched on every hand, 
Men suffer not Thy Word to stand; 
Dark times have us o’ertaken. 

2. With fraud which they themselves invent 
Thy truth they have confounded; 
Their hearts are not with one consent 
On Thy pure doctrine grounded. 
While they parade with outward show, 
They lead the people to and fro, 
In error’s maze astounded. 

3. May God root out all heresy 
And of false teachers rid us 
Who proudly say: “Now, where is he 
That shall our speech forbid us? 
By right or might we shall prevail; 
What we determine cannot fail; 
We own no lord and master.” 

4. Therefore saith God, “I must arise, 
The poor My help are needing; 
To Me ascend My people’s cries, 
And I have heard their pleading. 
For them My saving Word shall fight 
And fearlessly and sharply smite, 
The poor with might defending.” 

5. As silver tried by fire is pure 
From all adulteration, 
So through God’s Word shall men endure 
Each trial and temptation. 
Its light beams brighter through the cross, 
And, purified from human dross, 
It shines through every nation. 

6. Thy truth defend, O God, and stay 
This evil generation; 
And from the error of their way 
Keep Thine own congregation. 
The wicked everywhere abound 
And would Thy little flock confound; 
But Thou art our Salvation. 


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