Psalm 54

1 Save me, O God, by thy name,
And judge me in thy might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
Give ear to the words of my mouth.

1-5. Prayer to the Father that He may assist against those that wish to destroy Him. P. P.

3 For strangers are risen up against me,
And violent men have sought after my soul:
They have not set God before them. [Selah]
4 Behold, God is my helper:
The Lord is of them that uphold my soul.
5 He will requite the evil unto mine enemies:
Destroy thou them in thy truth.
6 With a freewill-offering will I sacrifice unto thee:
I will give thanks unto thy name, O Jehovah, for it is
7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble;
And mine eye hath seen my desire upon mine enemies.

5 Strangers also here stand for evils and the falses of evil, the violent for the same offering violence to goods and truths. They who look at the sense of the letter of the Word alone understand nothing else by strangers but those who are out of the church, and that they rose up against David. Nevertheless there does not anything of person enter into the heavens, but the things which are signified, thus not strangers but instead of them strange things, which are those which are alienated from the church, thus evils and the falses of evil which destroy the church. By David also against whom they arose, is perceived the Lord. A. 10287.

5, 6. See Psalm lii. 2, 3. A. 10481.

6, 7. He assists against them and they will perish. P. P.

7, See Psalm v. 10. R. 44.

That all true internal worship is not from compulsion, but from freedom, and that if worship is not from freedom it is not internal worship is evident from the Word, as from the sacrifices which were free-will offerings or vows, or offerings of peace or thanksgiving, which were called gifts and offerings. A. 1947.

See Psalm xlvii. 10. T. 495.

A song in praise of assistance. P. P.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)