Afraid but Not Afraid

Afraid but Not Afraid

Text: Psalm 56

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1      Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;
all day long they press their attack.
2      My slanderers pursue me all day long;
many are attacking me in their pride.

3      When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
4      In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?

5      All day long they twist my words;
they are always plotting to harm me.
6      They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
eager to take my life.

7      On no account let them escape;
in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.
8      Record my lament;
list my tears on your scroll—
are they not in your record?

9      Then my enemies will turn back
when I call for help.
By this I will know that God is for me.
10      In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise—
11      in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

12      I am under vows to you, O God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
13      For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.