Psalm 56

1 Be merciful unto me, O God; for man would swallow
me up:
All the day long he fighting oppresseth me.
2 Aline enemies would swallow me up all the day long;
For they are many that fight proudly against me.
3 What time I am afraid,
I will put my trust in thee.
4 In God (I will praise his word),
In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid;
What can flesh do unto me ?

1 The case with the Philistines was as with all the nations in the land of Canaan that they represented the goods and truths of the church, and also evils and falses, for when the ancient representative church was among them they represented the celestial things which are of good, and the spiritual things which are of truth, but when they turned aside from genuine representative worship, they then began to represent the diabolical things which are of evil and the infernal things which are of the false. A. 9340.

1-5, 11, 12. Temptations of the Lord, in which He has confidence in the Father. P. P.

5 All the day long they wrest my words:
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves,
They mark my steps,
Even as they have waited for my soul.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity ?
In anger cast down the peoples, O God.
8 Thou numberest my wanderings:
Put thou my tears into thy bottle;
Are they not in thy book ?
9 Then shall mine enemies turn back in the day that I
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God (I will praise his word),
In Jehovah (I will praise his word),
11 In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid,
What can man do unto me ?
12 Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render thank-offerings unto thee.

6, 7. Malice of the infernals. P. P.

8, 9. O that the Father would help in affliction! P. P.

10 He will help. P. P.

13 See Psalm 1. 14, 23. A. 3880.

13, 14. Song of praise for protection. P. P.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death:
Hast thou not delivered my feet from falling,
That I may walk before God
In the light of the living ?

14 Here to walk before God is to walk in the truth of faith which is the light of the living. A. 519.

To walk signifies to live, and to walk with God to live with Him, because from Him. R. 167.

By walking in the spiritual sense is signified to live. Ways signify truths. E. 97.

Death stands for damnation, and life for salvation. E. 186.

The soul signifies the life of the spirit of man, which is called his spiritual life. E. 750.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)