The Power of 57

The Power of 57

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!

For my soul trusts in You;

And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,

Until these calamities have passed by.

2I will cry out to God Most High,

To God who performs all things for me.

3He shall send from heaven and save me;

He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.


God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

4My soul is among lions;

I lie among the sons of men

Who are set on fire,

Whose teeth are spears and arrows,

And their tongue a sharp sword.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

Let Your glory be above all the earth.

6They have prepared a net for my steps;

My soul is bowed down;

They have dug a pit before me;

Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen.


7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;

I will sing and give praise.

8Awake, my glory!

Awake, lute and harp!

I will awaken the dawn.

9I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;

I will sing to You among the nations.

10For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,

And Your truth unto the clouds.

11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

Let Your glory be above all the earth.


  • The Apostle Paul, while he was a Roman prisoner in Caesarea (Acts 24), turned 57 years old in 59 A.D. He remained in custody until the autumn of 60 A.D. when, at his request, he was sent to Rome to have his case heard by Emperor Nero.

  • Book 57 of the King James Translation is Philemon. It was written by the Apostle Paul from 61 to 63 A.D. while he was a prisoner in Rome.

  • The word “Almighty” is recorded 57 times in 57 verses in the King James Bible. It appears the most in the book of Job (31 times) then distantly by the book of Revelation (8). It is always used to refer to God. Jesus used the word to reference himself in Revelation and God revealed himself as the Almighty to Abraham.


  • Messier object M57—A magnitude 9.5 planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra (also known as the Ring Nebula)

  • New General Catalogue object NGC 57—An elliptical galaxy in the constellation Pisces

  • The Fabulous 57—Disk jockeys on WMCA 570 radio, New York City during the 1960s

  • 57 is the number of the French department Moselle

  • Carnegie Hall is on West 57th Street in New York City


  • U.S. Composer James Lord Pierpont composes Jingle Bells” which was originally entitled The One Horse Open Sleigh”

  • Bucharest becomes the worlds first city to have its streets illuminated by kerosene lamps

  • July 18th The Utah Expedition leaves Fort Leavenworth effectively beginning the Utah War

  • August 20th The Dunbar wrecks near the entrance to Sydney Harbour, Australia—121 lives were lost

  • September 12th The SS Central America sinks off the coast of North Carolina—425 lives were lost

  • September 22nd Russian ship of the line Lefort sinks in the Gulf of Finland during a sudden squall-826 lives were lost

  • December the Reform War in Mexico begins

  • December 16th 7.0 magnitude Basilicata earthquake shakes the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Southern Italy) with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme)

  • January 9th a 7.9 magnitude Fort Tejon earthquake shakes Central and Southern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent)

  • February 5th the Federal Constitution of the United Mexican States is promulgated

  • The Weeping Time—March 2nd and 3rd The largest slave auction in U.S. history is held: Pierce M. Butler sells 436 men, women, children, and infants, all of whom are kept in stalls meant for horses at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia for weeks beforehand