“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men.
For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!
You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel…
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter by your power and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield!
For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter…
Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
They wander about for food
and growl if they do not get their fill.
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.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.” Psalm 59:1-5a,9-12,14-17
David had been nothing but loyal to King Saul, but Saul’s jealousy and instability boiled unpredictably. Provoked only by irrational emotion, Saul lashed out, plotting to kill his servant, and steady David fled his attacks. This psalm portrays the gravity of his situation against the depth of his trust and knowledge of his God. Compared to the volatile Saul and his fierce, bloodthirsty men, David’s God was steadfast in love and steady in strength. Evil and vile they prowled, waiting to pounce, but David would sing of the Lord of hosts, who met him offering refuge. (1 Samuel 19:8-12,18)
So much of how we handle life has to do with our perspective, which drives our determination. We can act out from inner strife, hurt, insecurity, or pride, possibly formed from years of listening to false mantras that darken or diminish our perceived worth. But, having been washed by Christ’s blood, we can also see with redeemed eyes that He shines and reigns over our troubles and attacks. When we choose to trust God’s triumph over all things, we carry music into every mess. (Psalm 51:1-2; 1 John 1:7)
Our great and loving God can turn each challenge- fears, impossibilities, profoundest griefs and wounds- into a song. He can change meandering affections into melodies, realigning them to God’s pitch. He can bring dissonance into harmony, correcting and cleansing the most difficult of relationships, war-torn by years of selfishness and hurt. He can adjust the syncopated noise of unhealthy counsel and worldly opinions into the clear rhythms of His truth. It is true that even with deep sorrow or angst in our hearts, He can instill song in our souls.
Would we acknowledge our inner and outer struggles, yet focus on our Strength and Savior? Amidst the heaviness of battle and sad events, would we sing of His steadfast love?
Lord, may I lift You high above all the trouble, all the day.