Old Testament

Psalm 57
Psalm 57
Refuge in the Shadow of Your Wings
For the choir director. “Do Not Destroy.”[] By David. A miktam.
When he fled from Saul. In the cave.[]
The Opening Plea
1Have mercy on me, O God,
have mercy on me,
because my soul has taken refuge in you.
In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge
until destruction has passed by.
2I call to God Most High,
to God, who completes his plans for me.[]
3He will send from heaven, and he will save me.
He puts to shame the one who pants as he pursues me. Interlude
God will send his mercy and his faithfulness.
The Problem
4My life is spent among lions.
I lie down among ferocious men,
whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongue is a sharp sword.
5Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
May your glory be over all the earth.
6They spread a net for my steps.
My soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in front of me.
They have fallen into it. Interlude
David's Confidence
7My heart is steadfast, O God.
My heart is steadfast.
I will sing and I will make music.
8Awake, my soul![]
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
9I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O Lord.
I will make music to you among the nations,[]
10because your great mercy reaches above the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the skies.
11Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
Let your glory be over all the earth.


  • 57:0 This may be the name of the tune.
  • 57:0 The cave at Adullam in 1 Samuel 22 or the cave at En Gedi in 1 Samuel 24
  • 57:2 Or avenges me
  • 57:8 Literally my glory
  • 57:9 The main Hebrew text divides the word for nations into two words to create the derogatory expression non-nations.