Psalm 57

Psalm 57 has our psalmist reaching out and seeking God’s mercy.  He purposefully and passionately reaches out to God for help and protection.  “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me”.  The psalmist knows that God is the source of mercy.  And remember that mercy is unmerited favor – God not giving us what we really do deserve but choosing to shower us with His love instead.

Key to receiving mercy is some action.  The psalmist says it this way: “I cry out”.  How do you cry out to God, or do you?  Do you even ask God to be your refuge?  Or are you one of those who is so self-focused and think you are so strong you don’t need God’s touch?  He is our refuge.  His is our strength.  But just like the psalmist, we need to cry out.  We need to seek His face.  We need to allow Him to fulfill His purpose and protect us as the storms of life pass by.

God does here.  “He will send from heaven and save me”.  God hears our cry.  And He responds.  He has the resources.  He has the love.  “He will put to shame him to tramples on me”.  God takes action on our behalf.  He is our refuge.  He is our protector.  “God will send out His steadfast love and His faithfulness”.  God doesn’t have to ration his love and faithfulness.  It is who He is.  He is full and overflowing.  All we need to do is cry out and ask Him to send it.

God does His part when we ask.  But what about our response?  What should we do?  “Be exalted, O God….let your glory be over all the earth”.  We need to praise and honor Him.  We need to seek Him.  We need to exalt Him above all else.  “My heart is steadfast”.  We need to walk uprightly with Him day by day and moment by moment.  “I will sing and make melody”.  Make a joyful noise, eh?  We need to lift up our voices and praise God.  “I will give thanks to you”.  We need to thank God, in private and in public.  We need to call out His name and let the world know of His love and mercy.  We should not be silent about God’s touch on our lives.  We need to praise and exalt Him!

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