David’s Strength And Refuge

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During the time that King Saul of Israel initiated the man-hunt for the future king David, David found time to jot down the 59th Psalm of the Bible. While reading today, I want you to try to put yourself in David’s shoes and see if you would be as faithful as David was.

Rescue me from my enemies, O God. Protect me from those who have come to destroy me. Rescue me from these criminals; save me from these murderers. They have set an ambush for me. Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord, though I have not sinned or offended them. I have done nothing wrong, yet they prepare to attack me. Wake up! See what is happening and help me!  Psalm 59:1-4

Okay, so the setting is David hiding out knowing that the moment he was seen in public, his enemies would be waiting. Not just any enemies though, he calls them “fierce”. He knew this because they were once allies of his on the battlefield, his friends and countrymen. He knew all too well what they were capable of, and possibly could have called each one by name. We also read that David KNEW he was innocent. King Saul was acting out of jealousy!

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, wake up and punish those hostile nations. Show no mercy to wicked traitors. They come out at night, snarling like vicious dogs as they prowl the streets. Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths; their words cut like swords. “After all, who can hear us?” they sneer. But Lord, you laugh at them. You scoff at all the hostile nations. Psalm 59:5-8

In times of need, what is one of the most important things we can do? PRAY! And one key factor in a heartfelt prayer is acknowledging WHO GOD IS. David calls on the “Lord God of Heaven’s Armies” and “The God of Israel”. Notice he didn’t say “hey dude” or “Lord if you have a sec….”. He addressed his Heavenly Father with the utmost respect. Talking to God should feel like talking to your best friend, but it must also be respectful. After all He did create the world. David again notes the merciless attitudes of his enemies. David also asks God to return that favor upon his enemies. We learn that David knows the men to the point that he can imagine their exact words, how sinfully proud they are. David goes a step beyond respecting God, by acknowledging that God “scoffs” at them. They are nothing but dust on the shoulder of the Lord.

You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress. In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.  Psalm 59:9-10

In these two verses we see David taking comfort and putting all of his trust in God. We MUST do that. We can’t do anything on our own. When our trials and tribulations arise, we MUST lean on God. As you just read, God’s love NEVER fails. He is our fortress in times of spiritual battle as well as physical.

Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons; stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees, O Lord our shield. Because of the sinful things they say, because of the evil that is on their lips, let them be captured by their pride, their curses, and their lies. Destroy them in your anger! Wipe them out completely! Then the whole world will know that God reigns in Israel. Psalm 59:11-13

David, while wanting God to take vengeance on his enemies, still in his heart wanted God to show mercy. While God was providing this miracle of protection, He still would show that mercy. We quickly, however, see the humanity of David when he changes his mind about that just seconds later asking God to destroy and wipe out his enemies. This is so typical of us in our lives, we don’t really want bad things to happen to our enemies, not in our spirits. But our flesh tries to pull us into the sin of taking vengeance into our own hands instead of the only hands that vengeance belongs to.

My enemies come out at night, snarling like vicious dogs as they prowl the streets. They scavenge for food but go to sleep unsatisfied. But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:14-17

In those closing statements to God. David again remarks about how closely he knows the behaviors of his adversaries. He even calls them scavengers. Vultures, would be a good word too. But in his anger towards King Saul, and David’s very own former comrades, David submits to the ways of God. He sang praise to God in his dark time. He indicates that God is again, his strength and his refuge, and his safe place when he is distressed and fearful. He remembers and revels in the fact that God’s love is NEVER ENDING.

We know the rest of the story, David overcomes all adversaries and becomes arguably the greatest King of Israel. We get attacked everyday my friends. Maybe not physically, maybe not emotionally, but spiritually. We know that Satan prowls around like a lion looking for people of God who slip, so he can devour them. That anger that swells up inside you when you are in an argument, that feeling you get when your spouse may not be around and you get a complimented or “hit on” in the workplace or at school. The are assaults on your spirit. Make no mistake about it, we are at war every single day. The next opportunity that you have, to fall on your face, or get on your knees and plead with God, for protection against whatever you need it from, step out of the boat like Peter, reach to grab the hem of Jesus’ garment, load a sling with a stone to slay the giant, and build the arc that will save the world.

Your prayers, are music to the Lord’s ears. They don’t have to be long and drawn out. Just from the heart and with respect. David in the end, submitted to the will of God to handle his problems and be his ultimate provider. Today I pray that we can do the same.

God Bless You,

Chris

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