I am surrounded by fierce lions
who greedily devour human prey—
whose teeth piece like spears and arrows,
and whose tongues cut like swords.
Psalm 57:4 (NLT)
What would your response be in this situation? Sounds like a great time to break out into praise and worship, doesn’t it? Hardly, but that’s what David does.
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
May your glory shine over all the earth.
Psalm 57:5 (NLT)
If not everything is going perfectly, if there is a hint of trouble, most of us would tend to believe that we are not within God’s purpose. Surely something has gone wrong, we’ve fallen out of grace and are bound for destruction. But think about this, if we were never in a position to get into trouble, would grace still exist? If everything were always perfect all the time, could God deliver us?
David is crying out to God for protection and, in the middle of it all, bursts out in worship. Even when his enemies have set a trap for him, he praises God with confidence.
My heart is confident in you, O God;
no wonder I can sing your praises!
Psalm 57:7 (NLT)
When we are confident in our God—the God we have a personal relationship with—we can, like David, worship even in the difficult times.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
Psalm 57:2 (NLT)
David had such a close relationship with God that, centuries before Jesus had a chance to speak the words, David had a great revelation of them.
The thief’s purpose is to steam and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
John 10:10 (NLT)
David knew that, while the enemy was not of God, God would fulfill His purpose. And that purpose included good things, not bad.
He will send help from heaven to save me,
rescuing me from those who are out to get me.
My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
Psalm 57:3 (NLT)
If you’re in the middle of a violent storm like David was, hold on to your confidence. Trust in your God and His plans and purposes for you. Work up the courage to worship when you’re surrounded by trouble. Remind yourself of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 56-58, Acts 28:1-15