God Our Stronghold
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” Possibly a tune A Davidic Miktam. When Saul sent agents to watch the house and kill him. 1Sm 19:11
1Deliver me from my enemies, my God; Ps 143:9
protect me from those who rise up against me. 2Sm 22:18; Ps 18:17; 91:14
2Deliver me from those who practice sin,
and save me from men of bloodshed. Ps 5:6; 17:7
3Lord, look! They set an ambush for me. Pr 1:11,18
Powerful men attack me,
but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine. 1Sm 20:1; 24:11
4For no fault of mine,
they run and take up a position.
Awake to help me, and take notice. Ps 7:3-4; 69:4
5Lord God of Hosts, You are the God of Israel,
rise up to punish all the nations;
do not show grace to any wicked traitors. Jr 18:23Selah
6They return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city. Ps 22:16
7Look, they spew from their mouths —
sharp words from Lit swords are on their lips. Ps 52:2; 57:4; 64:3
“For who,” they say, “will hear? ” Ps 73:11
8But You laugh at them, Lord;
You ridicule all the nations. Ps 2:4; 37:13
9I will keep watch for You, my Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg, Tg; other Hb mss read his strength,
because God is my stronghold. Ps 28:8; Jr 16:19
10My faithful God Alt Hb tradition reads My God in His faithful love will come to meet me;
God will let me look down on my adversaries. Ps 54:7
11Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget.
By Your power, make them homeless wanderers Hs 9:17
and bring them down,
Lord, our shield. Gn 15:1; Dt 33:29; 2Sm 22:3,31; Ps 3:3; 5:12; 18:2; 28:7; 119:114
12For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
They utter curses and lies. Ps 10:7; Pr 12:13
13Consume them in rage;
consume them until they are gone. Ps 104:35
Then people will know throughout Lit know to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob. Ps 83:18Selah
14And they return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city. Ps 22:16
15They scavenge for food;
they growl if they are not satisfied. Jb 15:23; Ps 109:10
16But I will sing of Your strength
and will joyfully proclaim
Your faithful love in the morning. Ps 5:3; 88:13; 92:2
For You have been a stronghold for me,
a refuge in my day of trouble. Is 25:4; Nah 1:7
17To You, my strength, I sing praises,
because God is my stronghold —
my faithful God. Ps 28:8; Jr 16:19