This hymn is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 59. David wrote Psalm 59 when his life was in danger from enemies. It is about Jesus Christ, for He was innocent of any sin, yet betrayed and murdered. It is about the boys of Bethlehem who were slaughtered by King Herod after Jesus was born. It is about martyrs through the ages who were killed because of their faith in Him. It is useful in praying for believers today who face imprisonment, torture, rape, injustice and death for Christ. It can be prayed on behalf of babies who are not yet born who are in danger of being murdered through the horror of abortion. And perhaps it would be useful when the "enemy" is a scary disease. I wrote this music to assist in singing the prayer. Also on this site is a version with keyboard accompaniment. Deliver Me, O God, is included in the 2022 hymnal, "Treasury of Psalms and Hymns." https://treasuryofpsalmsandhymns.com/
Deliver me, O God, and send protection from my enemies Come save me from bloodthirsty men and those who work iniquity. They lie in wait to take my life though I am innocent of sin. Arise to help me in my plight. I look to You for my defense.
Almighty God of Israel, the wicked keep on cursing You. They snarl like beasts, they prowl and kill. Destroy them for the wrong they do. Lips full of lies and treachery give evidence that makes it clear That they conspire to murder me. For they have said, “No one will hear.”
But You, O LORD, will scoff and laugh at nations that return to fight Against the fortress of Your wrath. Their words will trap them in their pride. Though they deserve swift punishment, and I would see them scattered now, Don’t slay them yet lest we forget that only You bring evil down.
O LORD of Hosts, in my distress, You meet me and will let me see The triumph of Your righteousness, defeat of those who slander me. I sing to praise Your kindnesses, rejoicing with the morning sun. You are my refuge and my strength. You show to me Your steadfast love.