Strength

Psalm 59

Focus: 59:16 As for me, I will sing about your strength; I will praise your loyal love in the morning. For you are my refuge and my place of shelter when I face trouble.

There is nothing more unnerving than being in trouble, especially when you are trying to live right. Suffering for doing the right thing is probably more common that we’d like to think. The believer who holds a worldview that esteems God and tries to please Him will certainly collide with the view on those who serve themselves. When that happens, there is a risk for great loss.

Psalm 59 was written as a response by David. His life resembled someone who was constantly trying to please God. Yet, in the midst of his faithfulness to God, there was great trouble. His enemy was actually the person who was the leader of Israel, a person who at one point greatly esteemed David. Not only that, but it was a person whom David risked his life in several battles for: Saul. Saul intentionally tried to bring great loss to David.

Sometimes our enemies can come from the strangest places. Our enemies will often surprise us. But what can we do to overcome them?

Psalm 59:16 suggests that David’s confidence was in the Lord. I cannot imagine the exhaustion (emotionally, spiritually, and physically) that David must have felt when Saul was literally trying to kill him. In his flesh, David must have been discourage at times, but why did he not stay discouraged? Even more, why does Scripture present David as one who is able to triumphantly rise above his troubles?

David found strength in the Lord. David was able to sing about God’s strength. Who can sing in the midst of turmoil? David. David found relief in the shelter of the promises and character of God. He knew God to be the giver of loyal love for those who trust in Him. David was certain of God’s plans for His people, and he knew that there was nothing or no one who would overcome God’s plans.

God’s agenda is to restore peace and order for those who would live in community with Him. His faithful love is extended to those who live for Him. He will also destroy those who rebel against his plans and purposes.

As we struggle against our enemies, we can find strength in God’s loyal love. There can be peace in the midst of raging wars. But this strength will only be found by people who know the promises and character of God.

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