Psalm 57 — The Yeti Version

Do Not Destroy: Part 1 — In the Cave

Photo by Ksenia Kudelkina on Unsplash

The prelude to this psalm (which I usually do not rewrite) is very peculiar: “To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.” (ESV). I never noticed it till now, and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what it meant. A lot of psalms do have a ‘According to …’, but they usually have things that sound like names, like Jeduthun (Psalm 62) or Mahalath (Psalm 53), so I usually just ignore it. And I am aware of God naming people short phrases, like ‘And the LORD said to him, “Call her name No Mercy, for I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all.”’ (Hosea 1:6, ESV), but this one (Do Not Destroy) doesn’t have any explanation. There are multiple theorized meanings for this, but commentary I read does say this: “There are four of these ‘Destroy not’ psalms, namely, the 57th, 58th, 59th, and 75th. In all of them there is a distinct declaration of the destruction of the wicked and the preservation of the righteous.” So for fun, I will be incorporating this peculiarity into the subtitles of my rewritten psalms. This first one feels more like a raw one-on-one prayer than the recent psalms I have rewritten. For a reliable translation, please see the ESV version.

I need your mercy, God! I need your mercy, God. This is where I am safe. Near you. Underneath you. This is where I’ll stay till the storm is over.

I shout for his help, and he does what he thinks is best.

And I know he’ll send help for me — he always sends me his love. The tables will turn on my enemy.

I am in danger now — serious danger. The men who surround me don’t hesitate to kill.

But God, I just hope that everyone sees how important and glorious you are.

They’ve tried to trap me before — it was super disheartening. But then they actually fell into their own traps!

So I know you’re reliable. I will keep believing you’ll do something now. I’ll be steady. I’ll get out of this and sing about it!

Wake up, wake up! I can do this — I will write beautiful music about this one day.

I’ll say thank you to you in front of everyone!

I can’t comprehend how true to your word you are and how patiently loving you are!

But God, I just hope that everyone sees how important and glorious you are.



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Grant the Yeti

Grant the Yeti


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