Psalms 57: Trusting God above Ourselves

Psalms 57 was written soon after one of the biggest triumphs of David’s life. He apparently wrote this chapter right after his encounter with Saul in the cave and makes the story that much more impressive in my opinion.

If you don’t remember the story, let me throw a few verses to you as background.

1Sa 24:3  And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

1Sa 24:4  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.

1Sa 24:5  And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.

1Sa 24:6  And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

1Sa 24:7  So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

David had a golden opportunity to kill Saul and finish this entire pursuit. He had all of his men with him, and they could have easily disposed of Saul and given David the throne. That surely would have been better than being chased around the wilderness.

However, David said that he could not kill the one that God had anointed.

The chapter that we read today was after this event apparently, and look at what David said.

Psa 57:1  To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Psa 57:2  I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

Psa 57:3  He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

Psa 57:4  My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

He talks a lot about trusting God in this Psalm, and we just saw him live that out. He could have taken the situation into his own hands. He had the opportunity to act on his own. God had told David that he would one day be King, but David could have brought that day along much more quickly. However, he didn’t do that.

He did not want to offend God and actually decided to trust God. He wrote a lot about trusting God, but when you look at the context of when he was writing this passage, we see an example of him a living out that faith and trust. It should inspire us to live with the same kind of trust.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on January 8, 2014, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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