Psalm 57: Be Exalted, O God, Above the Heavens

(11 verses, 1:20 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • This is the Psalm of David composed as he fled from the murderous King Saul (see 1 Samuel 22:1).


  • The refrain of the Psalm is in verse 5 and 11: “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.”
  • Note how David moves back and forth between prayer and praise, asking the Lord for help and confessing his faith that the Lord will help.


  • The basic prayer of the sinner is the Kyrie, “Lord, have mercy.” David begins this Psalm with a double Kyrie, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me.”
  • The Lord is directly addressed five times in the Psalm. Four times David cries, “O God,” (57:1,5,7,11), and once by the Lord’s name, “O LORD,” (57:9).


  • If a Psalm has a repeated phrase or refrain, we begin our meditation there. In this Psalm it is verses 5 and 11. David is praying for his own life to be spared, but he is especially praying for the Lord to be glorified.
  • Two verses of the Psalm are especially full of Gospel, and the second is related to the first:
    • 57:3, “God will send forth His mercy and His truth.”
    • 57:10, “For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds.”
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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