In Tough Situations: Say “Pleas” and “Thank You”

Psalm 57 was written by David while he was hiding out in a cave from Saul’s attempts to kill him. 

This psalm spoke to me today and I hope you will be blessed as I break it down.

PLEA

v. 1  “Be merciful and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to 
          me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You;
          yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident
          until calamities and destructive storms are passed.

➡  YES, did you read that?  Those trials and hardships will pass!!!

v.2  “I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards
          me ( Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes
          them )! 

➡  In the midst of hardship, God will still bring about His purposes!

GOD’S RESPONSE

v.3  “He will send from heaven and save me from the slanders and
          reproaches of him who would trample me down or swallow me up,
          and He will put him to shame.  Selah ( pause, and calmly think of
          that)!  God will send forth His mercy and loving-kindness and  His
          truth and faithfulness.

SITUATION

v. 4  “My life is among lions; I must lie among those who are aflame~the
           sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp
           words.”

➡  What situation has got you running for shelter?  What lions are on the
                 prowl in your life?

PRAISE

v. 5  “Be exalted,  O God, above the heavens!  Let your glory be over all the
           earth!”

SITUATION…REMAINS

v. 6  “They set a net for my steps; my very life was bowed down.  They dug
            a pit in my way; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen.
            Selah ( pause, and calmly think of that )!

➡  The situation is still there but it is improving.

RESPONSE

v. 7  “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident!  I will
           sing and make melody.

 v. 8  Awake, my glory ( my inner self ); awake, harp and lyre!
           I will awake right early ( I will awaken the dawn )!

➡  Don’t be moved…stand firm…cling to Him…open your mouth and
                worship so intensely that your voice will arouse the sleeping world.

PRAISE AND THANKS

v. 9  “I will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the people; I will
           sing praises to You among the nations.

v. 10 For your mercy and loving-kindness are great, reaching to the
           heavens, and Your truth and faithfulness to the clouds.

v.  11 “Be exalted, O God above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the
             earth.”

➡  Wherever you find yourself today…He is there…He will rescue you
                 but while you are waiting…keep on asking and keep on praising His
                 Name.

 
 

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