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Chapter 54


1 For the leader. On stringed instruments. A maskil of David,


when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, "David is hiding among us."


2 O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause.


O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.


The arrogant have risen against me; the ruthless seek my life; they do not keep God before them. Selah


God is present as my helper; the Lord sustains my life.


Turn back the evil upon my foes; in your faithfulness, destroy them.


Then I will offer you generous sacrifice and praise your gracious name, LORD,


Because it has rescued me from every trouble, and my eyes look down on my foes.



1 [Psalm 54] A lament in which the person under attack calls directly upon God for help ( Psalm 54:3-5). Refusing to despair, the psalmist hopes in God, who is active in history and just ( Psalm 54:6-7). The psalm ends with a serene promise to return thanks ( Psalm 54:7[8-9]).

2 [3] By your name: one is present in one's name, hence God as revealed to humans.

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