Psalm 59

Hello, my friend.   Thanks for being along in PSALM 59, which at times seems to be  a wilderness journey of despair, anger, vindictiveness and severe judgment.  But this is the saga of a man, David, who by his nature was forthright and open in his emotions.  As we read this rather amazing Psalm, filled with cries of vengeance on David’s enemies, we rejoice living in a day when we are overshadowed by God’s grace.

I have so often defined this precious word, GRACE, as “God’s measureless provision reaching me at the point of immeasurable need.”  With the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell you and me, we find resources that we never had in our unregenerate days.  I think today we have an awareness of resources that perhaps David wasn’t even aware of, the resource of God’s enabling Grace, His forgiving Grace, His restoring Grace, His “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.  I once one was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.  ‘Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved; How precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.  Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;  ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and Grace will lead me home.  When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”

And where is this fullness of Grace to be found?  Well, I’m sure you know that great first chapter of John’s Gospel, vs. 14, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of Grace and truth.”  Do you know that verse?  It is worth spending time pondering on His glory, the glory of the One and Only.

If only David had known this great gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, in fullness.  If only he would have been privileged to know the incarnate Christ, the One and Only!!  But of course he powerfully knew and loved God, for in vs.16, after describing so vividly his enemies who “return at evening, snarling like dogs, prowling about the city, wandering about for food and howl if not satisfied,” he shouts so powerfully, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love, for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.  O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”  This is the way to face our enemies, to face tough circumstances.  Recognize them, in all their evil, and then defeat them by praising God, who is our refuge in times of trouble.”

“Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming among us, to be in every way tested as we are, as Hebrews 4:15 so wonderfully tells us.  We marvel at the truth of that fact, and we rejoice in your fellowship in our sufferings.  Bless my dear friend who is along, whatever their case may be, and bless those who are in the problem of lingering illness and difficulties.  Help us trust you, Lord, all the way.” 

And thank you, my friend, for sharing these thoughts lovingly and prayerfully.  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 59

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