Tehillim / Psalms 56, Part 1, Giving Credit where Credit is Due

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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 56:1-13, the psalm opens saying, א   לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-יוֹנַת אֵלֶם רְחֹקִים לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם בֶּאֱחֹז אֹתוֹ פְלִשְׁתִּים בְּגַת:  For the choir director; according to Jonath elem rehokim. A Mikhtam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. (NASB)  David seek’s the Lord saying, ב   חָנֵּנִי אֱלֹהִים כִּי-שְׁאָפַנִי אֱנוֹשׁ כָּל-הַיּוֹם לֹחֵם יִלְחָצֵנִי: ג   שָׁאֲפוּ שׁוֹרְרַי כָּל-הַיּוֹם כִּי-רַבִּים לֹחֲמִים לִי מָרוֹם: ד   יוֹם אִירָא אֲנִי אֵלֶיךָ אֶבְטָח: 56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. 56:2 My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. 56:3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. (NASB) When our enemies come against us, we can trust the One who is able to change the hearts of men.  David’s trust in the Lord is unwavering, ה   בֵּאלֹהִים אֲהַלֵּל דְּבָרוֹ בֵּאלֹהִים בָּטַחְתִּי לֹא אִירָא מַה-יַּעֲשֶֹה בָשָֹר לִי:  56:4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? (NASB)  The enemy distort David’s words, they are committing Lashon Harah for the purpose of taking his life, ו   כָּל-הַיּוֹם דְּבָרַי יְעַצֵּבוּ עָלַי כָּל-מַחְשְׁבֹתָם לָרָע: ז   יָגוּרוּ יִצְפֹּינוּ [יִצְפּוֹנוּ] הֵמָּה עֲקֵבַי יִשְׁמֹרוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר קִוּוּ נַפְשִׁי:  56:5 All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. 56:6 They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life. (NASB)  Read more here: Tehillim 56-Part1

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