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Psalms 55 - NIV

[a]For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David.


Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;

2 hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught

3 because of what my enemy is saying,
because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
and assail me in their anger.


My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.

5 Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.

6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.

7 I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;[b]

8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”


Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
for I see violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
malice and abuse are within it.

11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
threats and lies never leave its streets.


If an enemy were insulting me,
I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
I could hide.

13 But it is you, a man like myself,
my companion, my close friend,

14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
at the house of God,
as we walked about
among the worshipers.


Let death take my enemies by surprise;
let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
for evil finds lodging among them.


As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.

17 Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.

18 He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.

19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.


My companion attacks his friends;
he violates his covenant.

21 His talk is smooth as butter,
yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
yet they are drawn swords.


Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in you.


a. Psalms 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
b. Psalms 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.

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Rev.Andrew B Natarajan avatar
Church - Resting place
Shared by: Rev.Andrew B Natarajan on Sep, 2016
Summary: Many come to Church for rest but involved in the politics and administration they have lost their blessings
Scripture: Psalms 55:2
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 45
William R. Nabaza avatar
Untimely death to natural men but trust to spiritual men
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jul, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD destroys unbelievers who have rejected Him and prolongs the life of spiritual men who continues to trust Him.
Maurice McCarthy avatar
The Wings of A Dove
Shared by: Maurice McCarthy on Jun, 2016
Summary: A message offering comfort for those in situations they wish they could fly away from.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:6-8
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,916
Victoria Pederson avatar
How to Deal with Emotional Pain
Shared by: Victoria Pederson on Aug, 2015
Summary: A study of David's pains expressed in Psalm 55 and Dr. Stephens Ten Hidden Emotions to help us deal with our pain in everyday life.
John Colbert avatar
"God cares about you"
Shared by: John Colbert on Aug, 2015
Summary: The sermons that I have listed are 30 to 40 minute sermons. I have only listed the points and a couple of comments under each point of each sermon to give the preacher a remembrance which the Holy Spirit can lead on and speak through the man of God.
Scripture: Psalms 55:22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 755
Larry Turner avatar
Accept, Expect, Endure, Embrace
Shared by: Larry Turner on Jun, 2015
Summary: To walk in joy with must do four things. Accept where we are at in life. Expect a better life ahead. Endure hardships. Embrace our circumstances.
William R. Nabaza avatar
Pray 3 times a day
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2015
Summary: To show that we need to pray more frequently with primary goals in mind as we commune with GOD, we become like Him, not to be heard because that's our secondary goal.
Scripture: Psalms 55:17
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 462
William R. Nabaza avatar
Cast your burdens on the LORD
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2015
Summary: To show that JESUS CHRIST was designed to carry all our burdens, cares and anxieties and we are designed to constantly pray.
Scripture: Psalms 55:22
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 2,544
William R. Nabaza avatar
My enemies doesn't change their heart
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jan, 2015
Summary: To show why GOD will depress our enemies while they are alive - reason: because they don't fear GOD, not because they are your enemies.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 55:19
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 233
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Troubled by trouble? Do a DEFRAG
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Nov, 2014
Summary: I use butter, egg, tea bag... What does heat do to these? Trouble is a part of living, what we do with trouble can make a difference. As on the computer sometimes we need to do a defrag.
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How To Receive Peace
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Oct, 2014
Summary: Be anxious for No Thing. Do not be anxious even over one thing. That's right not One thing.You can chose to worry. You can choose to be anxious or you can chose to take the alternative, And Give It To God.My yoke is easy .and my burden is light.
based on 39 ratings
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 15,087
Tom Fuller avatar
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Apr, 2013
Summary: Betrayal is one of the hardest things we have to deal with, especially if it is a friend or brother or sister. David experienced much betrayal in his life and in these Psalms we learn how to effectively deal with friends who become enemies.
Scripture: Psalms 53:1-55:23
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 767
Sean Harder avatar
Can God be Trusted?
Shared by: Sean Harder on Aug, 2011
Summary: God allows us to do things for which he holds himself responsible. God trusts us, can you believe that? And he lets us blame him for things that we are responsible for. I wonder if we can be trusted by him, can he be trusted by us? And will we show that t
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:16-23
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,920
Shawn Rose avatar
Call on God
Shared by: Shawn Rose on Oct, 2010
Summary: God wants us to call on Him when we are in trouble.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,283
Kevin L. Jones avatar
A Moment Of Intense Prayer
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Feb, 2010
Summary: A sermon examining those moments where we cry out to God with intensity.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:16-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 8,277
Mark Eberly avatar
Know Thyself
Shared by: Mark Eberly on Oct, 2009
Summary: This week we turn the focus on understanding ourselves and gaining emotional awareness so that we may know God. Four competancies will be shared to help us become emotionally aware so that we might be emotionally healthy spiritually.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-5
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 2,768
Larry Finley avatar
Handling Troubles the Right Way
Shared by: Larry Finley on Oct, 2009
Summary: How we handle the troubles of life will determine victory or defeat.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 680
Charles Holt avatar
How To Deal With Mean, Ugly, Back-Stabbing People
Shared by: Charles Holt on Jul, 2008
Summary: King David’s experience with his son Absolom and his counselor Ahithophel from Psalm 55 provide the backdrop for this message.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-23
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 9,560
Bo Dunford avatar
Cast Thy Burden Upon The Lord
Shared by: Bo Dunford on Nov, 2007
Summary: When life burdens you down, you can cast those burdens upon the Lord.
based on 26 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 15,613
Rodney Johnson avatar
Cast It Off
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Aug, 2007
Summary: Dealing with life’s issues.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:22
Views: 4,643
Ray Ellis avatar
Stress Can Save Your Life
Shared by: Ray Ellis on Aug, 2007
Summary: If someone tells you that he is free from all stress or anxiety, he is either a fool or a liar. We all have to learn to live with a certain amount of stress and tension.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-22
Denomination: Free Methodist
Views: 1,948
Tony Abram avatar
Shared by: Tony Abram on Jan, 2007
Summary: HE IS ALWAYS THERE! I begin each day with a confession to the Lord by saying Jesus is my Lord, He is Lord of my spirit, Lord of my soul and Lord of my Mind. I do not want to leave any room for the enemy.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:17
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,400
Timothy Darling avatar
The shadow of betrayal - Psalm 55
Shared by: Timothy Darling on Jun, 2006
Summary: It is vitally important that in our dark times, we cast our cares on God. As Peter says, He cares for you.
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-23
Denomination: Mennonite
Views: 4,613
Scott Carmer avatar
Lost and Confused
Shared by: Scott Carmer on Jun, 2006
Summary: Confusion sometimes stalks us. Comfort comes from Psalm 55. "Even while thousands are lined up against me, God hears it all...Pile your trouble on God’s shoulders, he’ll carry your load" (55:18,22).
Series: Lost
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-44:14
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 693
Gerald Van Horn avatar
Lord, What a Mess I'm in
Shared by: Gerald Van Horn on Apr, 2006
Summary: These words written by David years ago but they go right to the heart of situations that exist today.
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:6
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 5,171
Wes Richard avatar
When the bottom falls out
Shared by: Wes Richard on Aug, 2005
Summary: Psalm 55 can serve as a prayer when you experience reversals in life
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-23
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 3,249
Mike Turner avatar
Help For The Broken Heart
Shared by: Mike Turner on Jul, 2005
Summary: In his time of heartache, David found help. So can we !
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,286
Tom Doubt avatar
Fly With Jesus
Shared by: Tom Doubt on Mar, 2004
Summary: This is the first of 5 messages on flying; how to fly when your spiritual engine fails.
based on 15 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 55:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,146
Maurice K. Mickles avatar
The Divine Purpose for Change
Shared by: Maurice K. Mickles on Nov, 2003
Summary: Sermon 1 of 5 in the series You Need a Hug - Comfort in the Changes of Life
based on 45 ratings
Views: 4,792
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
The Jangler? The Pressure Cooker?
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Sep, 2003
Summary: Today life is crushing people with pressure and problems, God has a plan to develop us and grow us above the storm.
based on 12 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,951