Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.

I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.

I lie down among lions that greedily devour human prey; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my path, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make melody.

Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

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It was about a month ago that I wrote about sunrises. I am an early riser and love the quiet and freshness of the morning, especially when I can see the beauty of a sunrise. I love the gentle colors that rise in the sky and the brilliance of the sun. I find a wonderful connection between this Psalm and yesterday’s. Yesterday’s about tossings and sleeplessness and then today’s that speaks of the soul waking and greeting the dawn with the harp and lyre. In the midst of the struggles of the day that the Psalmist speaks of, he is able to close with the hope of the rising new day. The darkness is slowly replaced by the newness of the morning.

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