Trust in God under Persecution

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

Be gracious to me, O God,

for men trample upon me;

all day long foemen oppress me;

my enemies trample upon me all day long,

for many fight against me proudly.

When I am afraid,

I put my trust in thee.

In God, whose word I praise,

in God I trust without a fear.

What can flesh do to me?

All day long they seek to injure my cause;

all their thoughts are against me for evil.

They band themselves together, they lurk,

they watch my steps.

As they have waited for my life,

so recompense[a] them for their crime;

in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

Thou hast kept count of my tossings;

put thou my tears in thy bottle!

Are they not in thy book?

Then my enemies will be turned back

in the day when I call.

This I know, that[b] God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,

in the Lord, whose word I praise,

11 in God I trust without a fear.

What can man do to me?

12 My vows to thee I must perform, O God;

I will render thank offerings to thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death,

yea, my feet from falling,

that I may walk before God

in the light of life.


  1. Psalm 56:7 Cn: Heb deliver
  2. Psalm 56:9 Or because