Prayer Guide: Psalm 54

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Psalm 54 O God, save me by your name,
    and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen against me;
    ruthless men seek my life;
    they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
    in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
    I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.



Identify and celebrate God’s praiseworthy attributes

  • God is a savior, mighty, and our vindicator – v.1
  • God hears our prayers; A faithful helper, upholder, and deliverer – vv.2–3, 7
  • He is good and worthy of our sincere thanks – v.6

Prayer Prompts

  • I praise You that because Your name is …You have saved me from …
  • I praise You that You heard my desperate prayers when …
  • Thank You for helping and upholding me when I was …


Surrender to Him and His ways

  • Rather than trusting in Your vindication, I often try to defend myself when …
  • I confess that I do not thank You enough for …


Ask the Spirit to guide your prayer over concerns, resources, and relationships

  • Today, I am feeling under attack over … but will trust You to defend me.
  • Lord, because You are my helper, I trust You to …
  • Lord, in Your faithfulness, I ask You to uphold (name) as they …
  • Today, I need a grateful heart to give thanks to Your name even though …


Encouragement and strength for spiritual battle

  • Because You have always been my deliverer, I trust You today to deliver me from …
  • By Your power, let me look in triumph on the enemy of …
  • Memorize and meditate on v.4.

* This prayer guide is an excerpt from Strategic Renewal’s publication, Praying the Psalms.