Psalm 61 opens with crying and ends with confidence. The tender character of King David is revealed in his willingness to be laid bare before God in his weakness and fear. (more…)
Archive for November, 2011
In Psalm 60, David has just settled in on the throne. Though, finally, many of his former troubles were overcome, he not only continues with the same fervour in devotion to the Lord as he did when in adversity, he begins his reign by remembering those past hardships vividly. (more…)
Psalm 59 is written when Saul sent men to David’s house to kill him found in 1 Samuel 19:11-17. Saul’s daughter, Michel, covered for David and stalled the bloodthirsty men until he could escape through the window. Just previously, David had escaped Saul’s javelin attempt on his life. (more…)
Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands deal out violence on earth.
3The wicked are estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
4 They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
5so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.~Psalm 58:1-5 (more…)
As in the previous psalm, David begins psalm 57 in need. In psalm 56 he began in need of grace. Now, in psalm 57 he begins in need of mercy. In the face of enemies and opposition, David knows he is staring in the face of temptation as well. When trials come he, as well as we, is tempted to fear, to worry and to doubt. David is wise to ask for mercy and grace in these times. (more…)
In Psalm 56 David begins by asking for grace. As his prayers find him pleading his cause against enemies once again, he never forgets the only reason God would have to listen to him. By asking firstly for grace, he acknowledges his lack of entitlement to God’s favor and humbles himself under God’s mercy. (more…)