Psalm 56

1650 psalter

Pastor Jeff O’ Neil

Recommended Tune: Evan, Stracathro


Psalm 56

¹Show mercy, Lord, to me, for man
Would swallow me outright;
He me oppresseth, while he doth
Against me daily fight.

²They daily would me swallow up
That hate me spitefully;
For they be many that do fight
Against me, O most High.

³When I’m afraid I’ll trust in thee:
⁴In God I’ll praise his word;
I will not fear what flesh can do,
My trust is in the Lord.

⁵Each day they wrest my words; their thoughts
‘Gainst me are all for ill.
⁶They meet, they lurk, they mark my steps,
Waiting my soul to kill.

⁷But shall they by iniquity
Escape thy judgments so?
O God, with indignation down
Do thou the people throw.

⁸My wand’rings all what they have been
Thou know’st, their number took;
Into thy bottle put my tears:
Are they not in thy book?

⁹My foes shall, when I cry, turn back;
I know’t, God is for me.
¹⁰In God his word I’ll praise; his word
In GOD shall praised be.

¹¹In God I trust; I will not fear
What man can do to me.
¹²Thy vows upon me are, O God:
I’ll render praise to thee.

¹³Wilt thou not, who from death me sav’d,
My feet from falls keep free,
To walk before God in the light
Of those that living be?