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Wesley's Notes on the Bible
1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
57:3 Send forth - Will discover them, by affording his gracious help in pursuance of his promises.
4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
57:4 Lions - Fierce and bloody men. I lie - I have my abode. On fire - From hell. Who are mere fire - brands, breathing out wrath and threatenings, and incensing Saul against me.
5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
57:5 Excited - Glorify thy power, and goodness, and justice, and faithfulness, by my deliverance. Above, and c. - To the highest degree possible.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
57:7 Fixed - In a stedfast belief of thy promises.
8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
57:8 My glory - My tongue, the instrument of singing. Awake - I will employ all the powers of my soul and body.
9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
57:9 The people - Among the Israelites, and among the Heathens, as I shall have occasion.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.