Prayer for Safety from Enemies

To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David When He Fled from Saul into the Cave.

1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
2 I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.


  • Lord, I stand today in need of Your mercy.
  • I trust in You for my refuge. I hide in Your shadow.
  • These problems will pass, and I will survive, but in the midst of them I will cry out unto You.
  • You are the Healer, the Deliverer, the Savior.
  • You will send Your word from heaven and save me.
  • You will stop the predators who would destroy me.
  • I will stop and muse on Your great love and protection of me.

God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
4 My soul is among lions;
I lie among the sons of men
Who are set on fire,
Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They have dug a pit before me;
Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen.


  • God, I long for Your mercy in my life every day.
  • I walk among wild animals, like lions who would devour.
  • When I lie down at night, the sons of men are plotting against me with fiery indignation. They seek to tear my flesh with their teeth and slice me into pieces with their tongues.
  • Be lifted up, O LORD, above the earth in the heavens. Your glory is above all others. You are God.
  • When my enemies come against me with their attacks and their traps, my soul is distressed. BUT, when I walk with You, they fall into their own traps and they fail in their attempts to destroy me.
  • Thank You, Lord, for Your protection of my soul.
  • I will pause and meditate on Your great care for me.

7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
10 For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

  • Because of Your great love, my heart is secure and without fear.
  • I sing to You and praise You for Your mighty acts and works in my life.
  • I will praise You early in the morning and start my day with You!
  • I will praise You to everyone and to the heavens and the earth.
  • I will up Your name to the heavens that it may ring in the clouds.
  • Be exalted, O God. Your glory is great and awesome. You are the mighty and holy God of all creation.

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