Trust in God under Persecution
To the leader: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
1Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
all day long foes oppress me;2my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many fight against me.
O Most High,3when I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.4In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I am not afraid;
what can flesh do to me?
5All day long they seek to injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.6They stir up strife, they lurk,
they watch my steps.
As they hoped to have my life,7so repay them for their crime;
in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your record?9Then my enemies will retreat
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.10In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,11in God I trust; I am not afraid.
What can a mere mortal do to me?
12My vows to you I must perform, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.13For you have delivered my soul from death,
and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
in the light of life.