Psalm 57

Hello, my friend.    These are busy days, and for some, these are also stressful days, with new problems occurring again and again.  Whatever the situation, it is so important from time to time to listen to that word we read just the other day in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”  He is our refuge and strength, as Psalm 46:1 reminds us, and David, in today’s PSALM 57 says, “In you my soul takes refuge, I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”

No matter how dark the cloud, there is always sunshine behind it.  It is, in fact, the existence of the sun that makes the cloud significant.  One must just be patient and steadfast and absolutely resting in the fact that God is there, our refuge in times of need.  It is interesting, as I Samuel 22 tells us, that David wrote this when he was hiding from Saul deep in a cave.  Saul, in fact had later come into the cave to sleep and David had quietly slipped up during the night and cut off a corner Saul’s robe, as evidence that he could have killed the king but God restrained him.  And David remembered, as he was hiding from this evil king, that God was a greater refuge.

When I am inclined to be spiteful, or get vengeance, or speak evil about someone who has done me wrong, then finding refuge in the Lord, will change my whole attitude.  In fact, I will be able to sing with David, as he does from verses 7 to 11.  He uses the phrase “Be exalted, O Lord, above the nations… above the heavens” in vss 5 and 11.  And what does this mean?  Simply that my love for the Lord, my thoughts of His presence and my commitment to His will, will be higher than all other concerns and difficulties.  And David shouts, glorifying God, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.  I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the people.  For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.  Let your glory be over all the earth.”   When I truly say that, then I will see to it that God’s glory is especially over all my own world, my own, unique busy world, wherever and whatever I may be doing.  When His presence is around me, then the glory of the Son will enable me to be thankful whatever the clouds of difficulty there may be!

I know these are easy words to say, especially to some of you whom I know so well and who are undergoing such severe testings.  But there is indeed power in praise, and this Psalm is a great resource for simply exalting the Lord over all of our lives.

“Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Psalms such as these, which provoke our thinking, which bring strength in difficulties, and which encourage us to release our otherwise self-centered cares into your love.  Bless my friend who is alongside and everyone whom we know this day in joy or sadness, in need or great celebration. Thank you, Lord.” 

And thank you, my friend, for being along.  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 57

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