Psalm 57 is written when David fled from Saul into the cave. He cries out “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”. David cries for mercy twice here – the need was so great that David repeated the request. When he fled from Saul into the cave, had been through several near-death experiences. He was on edge because of his experience.
David knows to whom he is crying. “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me”. He realizes that God has a plan and a purpose specific for his life. That’s the reality for all of us. God has a specific purpose and plan. It is individual and prepared specificially for each of us. And God will accomplish His purpose in and through us. He will do what He purposes. David also knows God’s nature. “God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness”! God interacts with us through His love. He is faithful and never changes.
David knows what his challenge is. “My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts – the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords”. David had many reasons to believe his enemies were much more powerful than he. Spurgeon had this to say about the lions:
- If you are among lions you will have fellowship with Jesus and His church
- If you are among lions you will be driven nearer to you God
- If you are among lions remember that God them on a leash
- If you are among lions remember there is another Lion, of the Tribe of Judah
Remember that Peter describes Satan as a lion prowling around looking for who he might destroy. David is experiencing this with very real people in the same way.
David also knows that God will take care of him. “My heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody”! We need to praise our God. David sets the example for us. “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations”. We need to let the world know of God’s goodness and give Him the glory. We have much to be thankful for. “For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth”! Exalt His name. Shout it from the mountaintops.