A prayer for deliverance from the fierce attacks of powerful and treacherous enemies.
st. 1 =vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4a
st. 3 = vv. 4b-5
st. 4 = vv. 6-8
st. 5 =vv. 9-10
st. 6 = vv. 11-13
st. 7 =vv. 14-15, 16b
st. 8 = vv. 16-17
Like snarling dogs, the psalmist's enemies prowl the city at night and "spew out swords from their lips" (v. 7). Under such threat the psalmist turns to the LORD for protection (st. 1), declaring personal innocence, describing the unwarranted hatred of these enemies (st. 2), and pleading for God's help (st. 3). These enemies blindly disregard God, but the LORD "will turn them back" (st. 4). The psalmist professes reliance on God's sure help (st. 5) and asks God to confront the enemies' wickedness with his sovereign power (st. 6). Even though the enemies "slink back at night," the psalmist knows God will defeat them (st. 7) and promises to praise the LORD "in the morning" (v. 16), confident that the night of woe will give way to the dawn of God's relief (st. 8).
In the first part of this psalm (st. 1-5) we sing a prayer for deliverance, while in the second part (st. 6-8) we express assurance that the LORD will deliver. The versification (altered) is from the 1912 Psalter.
In situations of distress and persecution; or by Christians who sing this prayer on behalf of others in severe distress.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
MANCHESTER (also known as ELY; both names refer to British cities) is from the musical edition of The Whole Book of Psalms (1621) by Thomas Ravenscroft (b. England, c. 1582; d. England, c. 1635). Ravenscroft was a chorister as well as a participant in a theater company of child actors at St. Paul's…
Display Title: Protect and Save Me, O My GodFirst Line: Protect and save me, O my GodTune Title: KATHRINEMeter: CMSource: The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 157