Theodore Monod was once telling a little friend about Christ healing blind Bartimaeus. (Mark 10:46-
52) “And what,” said he to the boy, “would you have asked from Jesus if you had been blind?” “Oh,”
said the child, with glowing face and kindling eyes, … More
This Psalm is made up of prayers in the midst of perils. It is thought that David wrote this when he fled from Saul in the cave of Adulham in the valley of the Philistines (I Samuel 22). Another possibility is that it was penned in the cave of Engedi along the limestone banks of the western Dead Sea (I Samuel 24). In poetic language the Psalmist depicts the treachery of those who oppress him.
David offers a threefold prayer in the opening verses:
David compared his enemies to lions that wanted to devour him (v. 4). He expressed his desire that God be exalted above the heavens (v. 5). He expected his enemies destruction (v. 6).
What do I do when I find my enemies in this world closing in on me? Do I run to a doctor, a psychologist or lawyer instead of running to Jesus in prayer as David did?
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. He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! 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. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves.
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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
Psalms 60:1-5Prayer For Deliverance
Psalms 60:6-12Confident The Lord Would Lead Them