Today you should read: Psalm 57
The setting and background of this Psalm really makes it come alive. David is running away from Saul. Saul is chasing him down, trying to kill him though David has done nothing wrong to him. David is now hiding in a cave, waiting for Saul to pass by. It is in this distress that David writes.
He asks God for mercy. He pleads that God would take care of him in this dark hour and protect him from his enemies. David declares to God that he will take “refuge in the shadow of His wings.” Even while he is hiding in a cave he knows his true hiding place is in God. When we face hard times and dangerous situations what is our refuge? Is it our strength? Our home? Our family? Our church? Or, is it the wings of our heavenly Father? We cannot count on “caves” in our lives to shield us from hard things. The only real, lasting refuge is God.
David then seems to go back and forth about his circumstance and lifting up praise to God. He cries out and tells God his situation. He pleads his case before God. There is nothing wrong with telling God what is going on in your life and how it makes you feel. In fact, we are told to do this in Psalm 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7. He is surrounded by those who want to kill him and yet he continues to praise God, to “exalt Him above the heavens.”
David ends this Psalm by making a conscious decision to praise God. He says “I will sing and make music, I will awaken the dawn, I will praise you, O Lord, I will sing of you among the nations.”
We can learn a great lesson here. We are not naturally inclined to worship God in the storms of life. We must follow David’s example in this Psalm. He cried for God’s help, he pleaded his case before Him, remembered God’s faithfulness and decided to trust in Him and praise Him, even in the storm.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd