Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O Thou most High.@Psalm 56:1

From The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 151.

Cana anonymous, in The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 151 (🔊 pdf nwc).

O God, be merciful,
Be merciful to me,
For man with constant hate,
Would fain my ruin see.
My many enemies
Against me proudly fight;
To overwhelm my soul
They watch from morn to night.

What time I am afraid
I put my trust in Thee;
In God I rest, and praise
His Word, so rich and free;
In God I put my trust,
I neither doubt nor fear,
For man can never harm
With God my helper near.

All day they wrest my words,
Their thoughts are full of hate;
They meet, they lurk, they watch,
As for my soul they wait;
Shall they by wickedness
Escape Thy judgment right?
O God of righteousness
Destroy them in Thy might.

Thou knowest all my woes,
O treasure Thou my tears;
Are they not in Thy book,
Where all my life appears?
My foes shall backward turn
When I appeal to Thee,
For this I surely know,
That God is still for me.

In God, the Lord, I rest,
His word of grace I praise,
His promise stands secure,
Nor fear nor foe dismays;
In God I put my trust,
I neither doubt nor fear,
For man can never harm
With God my helper near.

Upon me are Thy vows,
O God, in whom I live;
The sacrifice of praise
To Thee I now will give;
For Thou hast saved from death,
From falling kept me free,
That in the light of life
My walk may be with Thee.