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Psalm 57

Started by Al Moak, April 12, 2003, 01:50:39 pm

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April 12, 2003, 01:50:39 pm Last Edit: January 03, 2010, 09:40:49 am by Al Moak
Psalm 57

As was so often the case in his psalms, David once again recalls a time of his own great need.  Surrounded and outnumbered by hateful enemies who seek to do away with him, he probably felt like Daniel in the den of lions.  In fact, as he looks back upon that time, he remembers thinking, "My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men who are set on fire, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword." 

But again as was often the case, even with the awful danger, he realizes that it wasn't entirely a negative experience.  In fact, he could even rejoice in it, because, from his vantage point in composing the psalm, he could say, "They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; they have dug a pit before me; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen!"  God delivered him by bringing his enemies into the very trap they had set for him! That's why he could conclude this song with four verses of praise and joy. 

But let's look at it from our own vantage point.  Jesus Christ our Lord - David's greater Son - also faced hateful enemies - and went to the Cross.  His enemies wagged their heads at Him while He was there, and said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save!"  But in that worst of hours, in that most awful of deaths, Jesus our Lord experienced His greatest triumph, because Satan's power was destroyed!  And our Lord rose from that death!  Satan fell into the very pit he dug!

So we too may face great enemies, such as sin, Satan, and our own weakness - but let's realize that our Lord - LORD of heaven and earth - has triumphed over all these things.  We can and should trust in Him Who is able to overcome our very worst enemies, no matter what they are and no matter what they do.  So trust Him, dear brother or sister!  Trust Him and call upon Him. He's been there, done that! He has it all in His blessed, merciful hands!