Thursday, July 28, 2011

Psalm 59 - God's Saving Help in a Wicked World

LINK: Psalm 59

BACKGROUND

We know from our reading in 1 Samuel 19 that Saul's jealously led him to want to murder David. This Psalm says that it was written when Saul set a watch over David's house in order to kill him (1 Samuel 19:11). 

REFLECTION


You, O God, are my fortress, 
my loving God. (59:9, 17)

This is David's "statement of faith" in the midst of people he called enemies, evildoers, bloodthirsty, fierce, traitors, slanderers, prideful, and liars. David was hunted by men who had once loved him, but their love had changed to jealously and hatred.

I have never had bloodthirsty men after me, and I do not know if I could call anyone an enemy, but you know my story from yesterday's post. My first reaction was to want to defend my reputation and "set the record straight." Sometimes, I have been shocked at the actions of people who once had been dear friends, but David's life is a example to me of how to respond to injustice like this.

David TRUSTED in the unchanging God!

David knew that God's love would never change, and he could sing praises to God even in the midst of evil men. He trusted His God as his deliverer, protector, savior, helper, defender, strength, fortress, shield, and refuge in times of trouble.

His "statement of faith" in The Message translates like this:


Strong God, I'm watching you do it,
I can always count on you --
God, my dependable love. (59:17)

David could not count on the love of one-time friends who had turned enemies, but He could trust in his unchanging God, and we can too.

APPLICATION

Meditate on the characteristics of God in this Psalm and praise God for His unchanging love for you in a wicked world.

PRAYER

Lord, some trust in people, but people are as changeable as the wind. You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I praise You that Your love is never ending and changeless. I pray this inn Jesus' name. Amen.
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