Psalm 57

1    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,  

for my soul takes refuge in you;

2    In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge  

until the storm of destruction has passed by.

3    I will call upon the Most High God,  

the God who fulfils his purpose for me.

4    He will send from heaven and save me

and rebuke those that would trample upon me;  

God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.

5    I lie in the midst of lions,  

people whose teeth are spears and arrows,

and their tongue a sharp sword.

6    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,  

and your glory over all the earth.

7    They have laid a net for my feet;

my soul is pressed down;  

they have dug a pit before me

and will fall into it themselves.

8    My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready;  

I will sing and give you praise.

9    Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre,  

that I may awaken the dawn.

10  I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples;  

I will sing praise to you among the nations.

11  For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens,  

and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

12  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,  

and your glory over all the earth.

Tender God,

gentle protector in time of trouble,

pierce the gloom of despair

and give us, with all your people,

the song of freedom and the shout of praise;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


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