For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style;2 a prayer3 of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave.4
57:1 Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me!
For in you I have taken shelter.5
In the shadow of your wings6 I take shelter
until trouble passes.
57:2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God,7
to the God who vindicates8 me.
57:3 May he send help from heaven and deliver me9
from my enemies who hurl insults!10 (Selah)
May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!
57:4 I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down11 among those who want to devour me;12
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are a sharp sword.13
57:5 Rise up14 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth!15
57:6 They have prepared a net to trap me;16
I am discouraged.17
They have dug a pit for me.18
They will fall19 into it! (Selah)
57:7 I am determined,20 O God! I am determined!
I will sing and praise you!
57:8 Awake, my soul!21
Awake, O stringed instrument and harp!
I will wake up at dawn!22
57:9 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master!
I will sing praises to you before foreigners!23
57:10 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky,24
and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
57:11 Rise up25 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth!26