Today From Psalms

I Will Sing

As in previous psalms we see the hardships of David’s life as he waited on God to put him on the throne. God had anointed him to be king of Israel. Saul though refused to accept God’s choice and sought to slay David. A number of the psalms reflect this time in David’s life.

In Psalm 59 David again speaks of the enemy of his life. “Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.” (Verses 1-4)

One source of comfort for David in these days was the knowledge he had done no wrong to Saul. David could confidently say: “Not for my transgression, nor for my sin.”

In life we may face attacks from people to whom we have done no wrong. Knowing this helps us leave the issue with God.

Our human nature wants to fight “fire with fire” and retaliate against those who have wrongly attacked us. David knew that in time God would have the last word. “But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.” (Verse 8)

Having confidence in God, David never tried to take things into his own hands. He waited on the Lord and in faith chose to rejoice. “But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” (Verses 16-17)

This was a step of faith and patiently waiting on the Lord. This we can do, if we so choose.

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