Trust in God, He is with you - Psalm 57

David with his Harp
David with his Harp

Commentary on Psalm 57

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me.

3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
Selah
God sends his love and his faithfulness.

4 I am in the midst of lions;
I lie among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

6 They spread a net for my feet—
I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
but they have fallen into it themselves.
Selah

7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.

8 Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.

10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

Footnotes:

1. Psalm 57:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

We understand from the heading that Psalm 57 is written by David, when he fled from King Saul to the cave where he hide from King Saul and his army who were trying to catch him. From the first verse
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

we can understand that he was in a terrible situation. He calls it as a disaster. He is asking to god for a deliverance from his disaster.

Let us look at the life of David. He was a country boy. A good Shepard of his fathers sheep. He was happily doing his duty. Taking care of his father's sheep. He has a harp. He loved to sing using the harp in his spare time. His life was good. No tension or problems in his life. His brothers are very good fighters and were employed in the army of King Saul. They are high profile employees with status and symbol. But David was the youngest Son of Jesse of Bethlehem. Life was going good till the time the prophet Samuel came to his town.

Prophet Samuel called Jesse and his sons for the Sacrifice. Then Samuel consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD." But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either." Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, "Nor has the LORD chosen this one." Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these." So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. (1st Samuel 16)

Here we can see the father Jesse does not given any importance to David. There was a important function in the town and the prophet invited them for the sacrifice. Jesse thought about his elder sons and brought them with him for the sacrifice. They are grown up and have good understanding. They are fighters. So he was proud to bring them along with him for the sacrifice. But he never give any importance to David his young child. He was in the field. Tending the sheep. Everyone thought that let him do the duty. Someone needs to be there to tending the sheep. What is the point in bringing him for the sacrifice. Everyone tried to keep him behind the seen. But God was looking for not the gown up fighters. God also asked to Prophet Samuel not to look at the outward appearance. In this world, people always look at the outward appearance. Prophet Samuel also tried to judge according to the outward appearance. Suddenly God intervened and stopped the prophet from anointing Eliab and informed him that God is not looking at outward appearance. God knows everyone, inside out. We cannot hide from God. God knows who you are and what is in your mind. He is not looking at what you are wearing or do you have laptop or mobile or expensive car etc. He just looking at your heart. How it is and what is in it. If it is clear and humble and simple, God loves it. God is chosen you to be his anointed one. Not for a simple thing. But to be the ruler of Israel. Let us examine our heart. How is it. Is it pure and humble. Is it love God. Is it find happiness in worshiping him. Is it love to follow His decrees. Is it love righteousness. Is it a loving heart. Love for all creatures. Love for everyone. If it is so, God will bless it.

David has a good heart. God was pleased with his heart and thoughts. David has the courage to trust in the Lord. Who anointed him to be the ruler of Israel. He had a good relationship with God.

At first it was going well with David. First it was a job in King Saul's Palace, playing harp, then meeting the champion named Goliath, then the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. As they danced, they sang:
"Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands."

It was nice to hear women singing praise. They came out to meet him with flowers and dancing. But the problem started from here. King Saul the most powerful man of Israel turned his foe. Then the situation got changed in a moment and David call this situation a disaster.

That is why in the first verse he crying to God that “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,” Again he says to God that “for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”

Again David says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me.” Really these words of David shook me. It shows his relationship with God. In this time of crisis David knows that God has a purpose for his life. All these troubles and problems are part of Gods purpose of Davids life.

When we go through the troubles and tribulations, what we think about it. Unless we have a good relation with God we won't be able to understand the purpose of these troubles. We all go through may troubles like being sick, financial problems, family problems, Problems with children, Debt, loss of loved ones, pain in the body or heart so on and so forth. But the question is shall we able to understand or identify the purpose of all these things. God has a plan and purpose for your life. Are we patient enough to wait and see the outcome of these troubles (or disaster in the words of David).

Let us see what David says at verse 3 “He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; God sends his love and his faithfulness.” Ha! What an assurance he has? He says that God's love and faithfulness will save him and also God will rebuke those who hotly pursue him. God wants to give this same assurance to me and you. For that we need to have that heart and relationship what David had with God.

Let us now examine ourselves. Whether we are having this kind relationship with God which David had? Do we have the hart to trust God fully and blindly? If yes, let me tell you, this assurance is for you.

Again David says the words of his faith: “I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. They spread a net for my feet— I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path— but they have fallen into it themselves.”

From verse 7 onwards David says what he is going to do form now onwards: My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. 8 Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

What an attitude. I love this Psalm due to this attitude and trust of David in God. I request my readers, please be pure in your heart and trust in God. And God will give you the courage and strength to overcome all your troubles and tribulations. He will be able to deliver you from all your disasters. Trust in God, He is with you.

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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Examination, attitude, choice...trust and faith. What a good expression of truth from the Scriptures. Your last paragraph states the truth of what every soul needs. Enjoyed your hub.


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jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India Author

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John Cain 7 years ago from Dayton, Texas

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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India Author

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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very beautiful hub, and so much knowledge to learn. God Bless You.


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India Author

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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

jacobkuttyta,

I think trust is the hardest lesson. Even forgiveness is easier than trust. To believe without seeing, the faith factor is hard during many moments in our lives - for every human. You reminded us of this fact.

Blessings to you and your family.

Thank you for guiding us.


Francine Jones 4 years ago

Thank you for reminding the world to trust in the Lord during, pending.

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