In reference to storms of life Charles Wesley the great song-writer expressed it this way:Jesus Lover
of my soul,Let me to Thy bosom fly;While the tempest still is high;Hide me, O my Savior, hideTill
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This is known as a michtam psalm. It speaks of that which is substantial, or enduring, or fixed. Michtam literally means “engraven” or “permanent.” This word pictures that which is unmoveable, steadfast, stable and enduring. When David says, “My heart is fixed,” that is a michtam (v. 7). In the midst of his storm David has promised to trust in God; he is confident that he will be delivered. He goes to his deepest resources for finding ways to praise the Lord. God’s creation is great but the God of the creation is even greater (v. 10). What a God He is! He is tremendous enough to create galaxies, yet tender enough to care for one frightened man as a hen cares for her chicks. Saul is still not to be trusted, more trials lie ahead but God has given David assurance of His presence. David’s heart simply overflows. He is sure that he will never doubt again but, of course, he will.
When he says “I will praise Thee O Lord, among the people” he was referring to Israel, his own people. When he said “I will sing unto Thee among the nations” (v. 9) he was no doubt referring to the heathen nations round about such as Moab and Gath. He was determined to tell people both at home and abroad what kind of a living God it was whom he served. When confronted with verbal attacks the best defense is simply to be quiet and praise God realizing that our confidence is in His mercy and truth (v. 10). In times of storm, don’t turn inward to self-pity or outward to revenge but upward to God.
There are many ways God has rescued me from the storms of life. What can I do to share with others about what a great God we have?
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 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!
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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