Meditation on Psalm 57
Are you ever remiss in praising the Lord and prompted by your circumstances to grumble rather than give thanks? I certainly am, though I have no reason whatsoever to do so. The Lord has been nothing but abundantly benevolent and exceedingly gracious to a sinner such as I am. In my consideration of Psalm 57 I am arrested by the intentionality with which David praised God in spite of his circumstances. The following is the fruit of meditation on David’s personal call to praise the Lord. Let us learn from him. Amen!
How amazing is David’s attention to the glory of God! Psalm 57 concludes with an ecstatic call for the Lord to bring glory to Himself. “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” This is David’s earnest desire even though he, the Lord’s anointed King of Israel, is hiding in a cave. Though his life is in jeopardy and his reputation is in question, he has confidence in the Lord’s purposes and assurance in the Lord’s love toward Him. He doesn’t pray for his rightful promotion. His plea is not for vindication or even deliverance from his circumstances. He is content with the Lord’s mercy and watch-care while the difficulties are endured. Ultimately he is confident that God’s will shall be accomplished and prays that the Lord will be exalted in the pains-taking but purposeful process.
Even more remarkable than David’s demeanor in the midst of deadly circumstances is the action he determines to take in spite of his plight. “My heart is steadfast” he says. “I will sing!” – with beauty of melody and fervor of heart for Him who has endowed him, though not yet appointed him, to glory. David willfully summons the skill of his fingers and the strength of his voice to declare the glory of God from the outset of each new day. Most astonishing are his willful words, “I will give thanks to You, oh Lord” – the sovereign one He knows and to Whom he submits. In addition, he intends to make known the Lord’s praise among the nations and he begins by simply penning His praise. As he does, he recognizes anew the greatness of God’s love and the sovereignty of his King even though everything around him encourages doubt, fear, insecurity, anger and discontent.
“Be exalted, oh God [above all things]! Let Your glory be [displayed in me and may I work to the end that You, not I, oh Lord, receive glory in all] the earth.” May this be my perpetual plea! May I ever be mindful of His mercy to me. May I ever seek the provision of His watch-care and the purpose of His will for me. May I ever revel in the greatness of His steadfast love toward me and be mindful of His daily deliverance from destruction. Above all, may I always be steadfast to sing, play and proclaim His praise with beauty and skill and fervor for His glory. May He grant me the dawning of many more days to praise His name! AMEN!
“Let my soul live that it may praise you.” Psalm 119:175