David wrote this song.
God, please help me
Fight against those people who are fighting against me.
and put on your
Prepare to fight and give me help!
to stop the people who are chasing me.
Say to me, ‘I will make you safe.’
to become ashamed.
Chase away the people who want to hurt me,
so that they become confused.
that the wind blows away.
to chase them away.
as the angel of the Lord chases after them.
There was no reason for them to do that.
They even dug a deep hole for me to fall into.
Let their own
Let them fall to their own death!
because of what the Lord has done.
I will be happy
because he has made me safe.
‘Lord, who is like you?
When strong people try to hurt weak people,
you are the one who keeps the weak people safe.
You also keep poor people safe
when robbers try to take things from them.’
What did David do wrong? Nothing (verse 7)
What did David's enemies do? They wanted to kill him (verse 4)
What will David do when God sends help? He will be very happy (verses 9-10)
‘All my bones’ means ‘all of me’ (verse 10).
I do not even know what they are talking about.
they pay me back with
That makes me feel very sad and
and I stopped eating food.
I bent down my head as I prayed for them.
as I would weep when a friend or my mother had died.
they were happy.
They stood round and they
Even strangers attacked me
and they would not stop.
and they showed their teeth to frighten me.
as they do this to me?
Keep me safe when they attack me.
They attack me like hungry
Do not let them kill me!
in the great meeting of your people.
I will thank you so that everyone hears me.
What did David do wrong? Nothing (verses 12-14)
What did David's enemies do? They laughed at him, and they did
What will David do when God sends help? Thank and praise God (verse 18)
Do not let them win against me,
and be happy.
They have no reason to
so do not let them
Instead, they try to
to speak against me.
They say, ‘Aha!
We have seen the bad things that you do!’
Do not remain
Do not stay far away from me.
Show that I am not
my Lord and my God.
Do not let them
‘Aha! This is what we wanted.’
Do not let them say,
‘We have eaten him alive!’
make them ashamed and confused!
make them feel weak and ashamed.
let them shout aloud in their pleasure.
May they always say, ‘The Lord is great!
He is happy when his servant is safe and well!’
What did David do wrong? Nothing (verse 19)
What did David's enemies do? They say lies (verses 20-21)
What will David do when God sends help? Praise God all day (verse 28)