Summer in the Psalms, Week Six

Psalm 59  “I will sing”

David wrote this Psalm, my Bible notes, “when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.”  Try to imagine him hiding in his house, wondering what is going to come of him.  Imagine the fear, as he sees that he is surrounded. In the midst of it, he turns to God and pours out his heart.  He asks God to deliver him and protect him (verses 1-2).  He proclaims his innocence in contrast with the guilt of these men who are pursuing him (verses 3-7). Then he reminds himself of God’s might and his love (verses 8-11).

It seems that David’s concern is not only for his safety. He is also jealous for God’s power, authority, and righteousness to be known through his situation (verses 11-13).  That focus on God brings him to his final words in verses 16 and 17:

 16   But I will sing of your strength;

       I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.

       For you have been to me a fortress

       And a refuge in the day of my distress.

 17   O my Strength, I will sing praise to you,

       For you, O God, are my fortress,

       The God who shows me steadfast love.

Wow! What does David do when he is backed into a corner? He sings praises to God. His first meditation in the morning will be God’s love. He will sing of God’s strength. When it seems that there is no way out, David will turn his gaze on the Lord. He will rest in His love and strength. He will sing!

Music speaks. It moves us. There’s music fit for celebration, for mourning, for dancing, for reflection, for kids, for adults, for the happy, for the melancholy. Music so often reflects our hearts. Certain songs remind me of falling in love, or falling out of love. Often I hear a song and recall exactly where I was or who I was with when I heard that particular song in the past.

Music can also change our hearts. I have found this to be especially true when it comes to worship music. That’s why this Psalm spoke to me. I love that David focused his thoughts and his heart and his trust on God through song. Singing to God is so powerful, and the Holy Spirit uses it to teach us, change us, move us, to draw us closer to God.

Are things good? Sing! Praise God for his kindness and goodness.

Are things rough? Sing. Remind yourself of the character of God.

Are you wading through the monotony of life? Sing. Embrace the joy of the Lord.

 

Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

Mary L

I am a wife, a mom of three, and a Bible study teacher. But most importantly, I am a child of God. I am so thankful for the opportunity to glorify God by teaching His Word to women at my church. When I get a moment of spare time, I like to spend it reading, running, playing outdoors, or taking a long soak in the tub. I am passionate about travel, about my kiddos, about learning, and about my Savior.

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