In various places, for the past few weeks, the book of Esther has been on repeat! I have heard and used the phrase, “For such a time as this” more times than I can count! And when I saw the first verse of this 57th chapter of Psalms, I couldn’t believe it! How timely! Just look…
…Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.Psalm 57:1
“Until these calamities be overpast” INDEED!
We are in dire straits, around the GLOBE in this day. In this hour. People are panicking. And people are scared. People are distraught. And rightly so!
We have never seen such, in all our days. Anyone who is reading this is not likely to have ever seen anything like. And the worst part? We have no idea where it’s all going to end.
Like David: Chapter 57
As a society, we’ve done a lot of things. I won’t even go into them all, because I’m not giving space here in this blog to the panic. It needs no help. What I’d like to talk about is what we need to be doing. And that is the same thing that David did!
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.Psalms 57:2
Read that again. I’ll wait.
Unto GOD… that performeth ALL THING… FOR ME.
I think that pretty much sums it up, folks! In place of all that has been going on, our first duty, our only duty, should be to cry unto God most high, because He does everything for us. Everything.
David goes on to call out to those things of which he already knows! God will save him from reproach and send mercy and TRUTH. He calls for God to be exalted, and that His glory would be made known above the earth!
God’s Wings of Protection
In speaking to the fact that he would hide under the shadow of God’s wings of protection, David is saying that he sees himself as a child of God, and that God is willing to protect against everything “on the outside”.
I’ve used this terminology several times in the past week alone, and often find myself praying it as well… Oh Lord Jesus, please hide us under the shelter of Your Wings! It brings great comfort, even to think about being there. But even more so that He wants us there.
David speaks of being in the midst of lions and it’s obvious he thinks they are dangerous. Even Peter spoke of our enemy, the devil, in the very same way:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Peter 5:8
We know that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, and so we can pray like David did, that God will deliver us from the enemy.
Traps Turned Against Them
I love the way David declared how his heart is so fixed on God that even though he knows traps were set for him, he will sing and praise instead! He will even rise early to sing and praise God among the nations!
AMONG THE NATIONS!
Right now the eyes of the world are upon US… the American Christians! What are we giving them to look at? Are we forlorn and completely abandoned to our feelings of impending doom?
Or do we trust in the One under whose wings we will take refuge? Do we praise “among the people” and “among the nations”?
Do we know that His mercy is great? And His Truth higher than the clouds?
Truly, Lord Jesus, let thy glory be above all the earth!!
I perceive that the traps the enemy has set for US will be the ones he falls into himself… he and his angels of doom. Just as David said.
As the enemy seeks to wreak havoc upon the earth again, we flood the airwaves with live-streamed church services and praise music. Prayer requests and testimonies! It’s likely that there will be many who have never heard the Truth preached that will hear it because of this episode we are experiencing in this very hour.
Glory to God!!
Calling Wickedness Out: Chapter 58
David puts the good question forth to the congregation: do you indeed speak righteousness? do ye judge uprightly? And he immediately goes on to answer the question for them, calling out the wickedness of their hearts and the violence of their hands in all the earth. Their lies. Their poison.
Speaking about these evil people for the serpents and lions that they are, David asks God to “break their teeth in their mouth”. Strong words?
You better believe it! And he doesn’t stop there!
David had already figured out that these wicked rulers had been wicked from the very beginning. From the womb, even! That it was in their very nature to be this way.
But he also knows that, like a whirlwind, God will take them away in his wrath. And from there, David gives us the grim picture of God washing the feet of the righteous, who are rejoicing, in the blood of the wicked.
The End of the Whole Matter
The 11th and final verse of this chapter really sums everything up:
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.Psalm 58:11
That’s why, when I pray, I almost always follow my requests with “For Your great glory, Lord!” because I want everything in ME to reflect HIM!
It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on right now in the world. It’s easy to play the blame game, too. But why? We know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, and we have every right to pray as such!
Why don’t we think about the many ways in which we can apply these Psalms to our lives in the times we are currently going through…
To God’s great glory!
Lord Jesus, we know that we are living in perilous times! And we know that the enemy of our souls stalks around us like a ravenous lion, just looking for someone to devour! Father, as we go through these crazy days, please cover us with Your Wings of protection and mercy! Save us from the devourer! As we plead the Blood over our homes and our children and our family members, Oh God, pass us over for destruction and save us! We cry out to You, Lord, because there is NO OTHER NAME by which we might be saved! Jesus! Save Your people! We ask it in the mighty Name, Jesus! Amen!