Psalm 56

Hello, my friend. Welcome to this blog. Thank you all for praying for us during these busy, sometimes pressured times, when energy seems low and inspiration seems diminished. Ever felt like that?

Well, David certainly did.  And here again in this PSALM 56 he begins his familiar expression of fear, even of deep anxiety. There is, at times, a tone almost of desperation in what he says, and we may have known moments like this.  And sometimes the pressure seems relentless, akin to what David says, twice in vs. 2 and 2, “all day long they press their attack, my slanderers pursue me all day long.”

He was probably speaking of people, but there are many other kinds of pressures that seem relentless in their persistence.  But then, after a pause, he says so strongly, vs. 4, “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid of what a mortal man can do to me”, and again in vs. 10, “In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”  These are thoughts, phrases, even verses which one should underline and have for easy reference, when life becomes so difficult. 

And there is this remarkable little verse 8, where David says, and here I am reading in the King James Version, “Thou tellest my wandering: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?”  Isn’t that something?  To know that God takes every tear as a precious evidence of my needs and keeps them in his bottle.  The child of God never suffers alone, for we have taken Christ’s yoke, we are learning of Him, and He is giving us peace (Matt.11:28)  And to whom is this great promise directed by the Lord?  It is to “all you who are weary and burdened”.  And he promises there in vs. 28, “I will give you rest.”    The NIV says every tear is listed on God’s scroll, in his record.  What a comfort to David, whose back was against the wall, as we read at the beginning of this Psalm, when the Philistines had seized him in Gath.   If it were me, writing down such a record would be the last thing I would do when my very life was hanging in the balance.  Not so with this sweet singer of Israel, he discovered such blessing in writing down his despair, his laments, his worries, for in so doing he could meaningfully reflect on the wonder of God’s love.

And he closes with vs. 13, a little word of praise and intention, “I am under vows to you, O God.”  His commitment to the Lord was strong and forever.  “You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”  This, my friend, is the result of praising the Word of the living God.  

“Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful reminder of your goodness, in the midst of badness, your peace in the midst of pressure, your love in the midst of a world of evil.  Help us all, Lord, just to lean on you, in the moment of greatest need.  Thank you for my friend who is alongside, even as we pray for some in very urgent need.” 

Thank you, my partner.  We press on, together.  Cheerio!

These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000.

Psalm 56

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