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John Phillips in his book “Exploring the Psalms” says, “The path to the throne was not an easy one for David. He was in God’s school and God gives stiff exams. He does not grade on the curve. He put those He intends to exalt to the sternest of tests. David’s experiences as a fugitive found him often in despair, often in tears.” Just as the Philistines marked David’s steps, so does the Father observe in every detail the wanderings of His own. Confident that he is constantly being watched by God, David prays, “put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book” (v. 8).
David was convinced that even though the whole world was against him God was on his side and he was in the majority (vv. 9-10). That was why he was able to say, “I will not be afraid what man can do unto me” (v. 11). Under times of great stress David had made vows to God (v. 12). The making of vows is commendable but only if fulfillment follows. Many foxhole vows are made and then forgotten once the crisis is past. David was determined that this would not happen to him and that he would not forget to fulfill his vows (v. 13). David had been through many traumatic experiences and even snatched from the jaws of death. During these times he had relied heavily on God to preserve him and he was not about to stop relying on Him.
It is a great to be able to rely on the promises of God in times of stress. It has been said that there are some thirty thousand promises in the Bible. Not every one of them may be for me but many of them are. I need to look for these in God’s Word on a daily basis.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
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Psalms 53:1-6God’s View of The Human Race
Psalms 54:1-7The Confident Prayer For Deliverance
Psalms 55:1-14David’s Terrifying Oppression
Psalms 55:15-23David’s Painful Betrayal
Psalms 56:1-7Enemies Conspire Against David
Psalms 56:8-13Confident The Lord Will Protect
Psalms 57:1-6The Need For Divine Intervention
Psalms 57:7-11David’s Anticipation of Victory
Psalms 58:1-5The Rebuke of Unjust Judges
Psalms 58:6-11Swift Judgement on The Judges
Psalms 59:1-8Conspiracy Against The Innocent
Psalms 59:9-17Anticipation of Praise