Psalm 56 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)
When I Am Afraid
For the choir director. “A Dove on Distant Oaks.”
By David. A miktam.
When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
1 Be merciful to me, O God, for a man pants as he pursues me.
All day long an attacker presses against me.
2 Those who spy on me pant as they pursue me all day long.
Yes, many are attacking me boldly.
3 On the day when I am afraid, I will trust in you.
4 In God I praise his word.
In God I trust. I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?
5 All day long they hurt my cause.
All their thoughts against me are evil.
6 They gather together. They hide.
They try to trip me by grabbing my heels
while they wait to take my life.
7 Because of their wickedness do not let them escape.
In your anger bring down the peoples, O God.
8 You keep a record of my tossing and turning.
Keep my tears in your bottle.
Aren’t they all listed in your book?
9 Then my enemies will turn back on the day when I call.
This is how I will know that God is for me.
10 In God I praise a word.
In the Lord I praise a word.
11 In God I trust. I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 My vows to you are binding, O God.
I will complete my thank offerings to you,
13 because you have delivered my life from death.
Have you not delivered my feet from stumbling
so I can walk before God in the light of life?