Psalms 59: Let God Be God
David seemed to be a little bit confused about the motivations of those around him as he was writing Psalms 59. People are mad at him, but he really doesn’t know what he did wrong to deserve this kind of treatment.
Psa 59:2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
Psa 59:3 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.
Psa 59:4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
They are waiting to ambush him, but it is not because of his own fault. Now, we understand from other parts of the Bible that Saul was not really a fan of David and saw him as a major political threat. However, it wasn’t David’s fault that he was chosen to be the next King of Israel. He was even patient enough to wait for Saul to die before he officially became King.
He did not seem to do very much to threaten Saul’s power except for being a really talented soldier, but he ended up being hated anyway.
I think that we can find ourselves in similar situations sometimes. We might not do anything wrong, but people still find a reason to be mad at this. The rest of this chapter shows us the best way to handle it.
Psa 59:9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
Psa 59:10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
God will handle these people. God will protect us and help us get through these false attacks. A lot of what we have been talking about lately has been about depending on God. This one is not any different. We need to trust that God will help us and protect us.
On the flipside, there is no exception in this chapter for how we need to treat other people. It does not say anywhere that if people are bad to us, we can be bad to them. We still need to love our neighbor, and if God decides to discipline people, that is His prerogative. David is asking God to judge these people because he really wants to see it done, but ultimately that decision lies with God Himself. We see no excuse for doing anything but loving our neighbor.
I believe Psalms 59 is honest. David is writing about being targeted for something that was not even his fault. He wants these people to be punished on some level, but he knows that he needs to rely on God. It is clear that he also recognizes the power and kingship of God and His right to be over everything on earth. Judgment will come if God wants to bring it rather than if David wants to. It is hard to rely on God to this extent, but we need to try our best to surrender to God.