Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you. Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge, until disaster has passed.

Do you have any ‘disasters’ in your life? Any worries? Any dark clouds announcing an upcoming storm? Yes, sir, I’m crouching under His wings! God parted the Red Sea. Jesus calmed the storm and blew open a grave. Yes, God can handle any storm that blows my way!

I cry out to God Most High, to God who accomplishes my requests for me.

God promises that He will complete what He has started in me (Philippians 1:6). Even ‘disasters’ have a purpose. Oh, how difficult that can be to accept much less understand. However, in the darkest times of my life, when I was weakest, God’s strength brought me through and my ‘spiritual muscles’ were certainly stronger. Maybe I can learn from Jacob who wrestled and would not let go until he was blessed. Wrestling certainly builds muscles, doesn’t it?

He will send from heaven, and save me, he rebukes the one who is pursuing me. Selah. God will send out his loving kindness and his truth.

What a promise and encouragement! It is His presence, His love, and His truth that sustain and lift me. We must choose to live in this place.

My soul is among lions. I lie among those who are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

I am in the world, not of the world. God did not intend for me to live ‘away’ but instead Jesus said I was to be a light and I should shine before everyone so that the Father is glorified.

Be exalted, God, above the heavens! Let your glory be above all the earth!

In everything I do, may You be glorified, Lord.

They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah.

Revenge belongs to God. To exact a revenge or some ‘justice’ involves judgment on my part – and judgment is not my job!

My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises. Wake up, my glory! Wake up, psaltery and harp! I will wake up the dawn. I will give thanks to you, Lord, among the peoples. I will sing praises to you among the nations. O For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens, and your truth to the skies. Be exalted, God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

You are worthy of my praise, Lord!!  You are worthy!

Whether David wrote this ‘song’ or someone else — what a pattern for my prayer and worship life! Lay out my life, all that I am and that is in my life, and allow God to take the burdens on His shoulders and carry it to completion.

Morning or evening and in between, I bring my requests before the Lord… and wait in expectation! Not in despair or doubt, but expectation!  And as I wait, I praise You, Lord, because You are You — and worthy of praise!  That is a comforting place to be.  God is not only faithful but He is faith.  And I want to be plugged in to that outlet!

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