Psalm 56

C.M. (86.86)
Julie Tennent

1Be merciful to me, O God, for vile men pursue me; 
All through the day they come at me, strongly attacking me.

2They slander me as they pursue, all day they’ve cruelly lied; 
How many are attacking me with arrogance and pride.

3When I’m afraid, I’ll trust in You, in God whose word I praise;
4In God I trust; I will not fear; what harm can mere men raise?

5But all day long they twist my words, they plot to bring me strife;
6They lurk and watch my steps, conspire to take away my life.

7On no account let them escape, in anger bring them down.
8Keep my tears in Your scroll, O God; let my lament resound.

9Then all my foes will be turned back, when for Your help I call; 
By this I’ll know that You’re with me, and will not let me fall.

10In God, whose word I praise, I’ll trust – in Yahweh faithfully;
11In God I trust, I will not fear; what can man do to me?

12I’m under vows to You, O God; I will present to You 
the offerings that give You thanks – to my vows I’ll be true.

13For You delivered me from death, my feet from stumbling strife; 
That I may walk before You, God, within the light of life.

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