Exodus 9, Job 27, Psalm 57

Today’s readings are Exodus 9, Job 27, and Psalm 57.

This devotional is about Psalm 57.

If the superscription is correct--and it probably is--then David wrote this Psalm during one of the most fearful times in his life. The king that he attempted to serve was hunting him to take his life. David was separated from his family and hiding in caves like an animal. Yet, in the middle of this desperate, unjust situation, David took time to praise God.

This song appears to have a chorus which is sung in verse 5 and again in verse 11. In verses 1-4 David called out to God for mercy, looking to God for his refuge rather than the cave he was in at the moment. After the first chorus in verse 5, he began recounting his woes again, but then turned in verses 7-10 to praising God for his love and faithfulness.

This song illustrates the encouraging power of praise. David had plenty of problems that would be worthy of singing a lament. Instead, however, he laid his problems before God’s throne and chose instead to sing his praises. When the song was done, not one of his problems was solved, but I’ll be he felt better emotionally and was strengthened and edified spiritually.

Try this for yourself the next time you feel discouraged and/or afraid. Choose a song of worship that lifts your heart and sing it out loud to the Lord. Sing it as a duet with your favorite recording or acapella by yourself. If you need to, get in your car and drive so you won’t be observed or overheard or take a shower if that’s where you do your best singing. But, however you do it, harness the encouraging power of music and let it minister to your soul. It lifted David through some very serious problems that you and I will never face. If it worked for him, it will probably help you, too.

Psalms 57-59

Happy Mother’s Day! Today we’re scheduled to read Psalms 57-59.

In today’s Psalms we see clearly that David suffered from fear. Although he was a mighty warrior who bravely faced Israel’s enemies, he continually cried out to God for mercy and protection from them (for example, 57:1-2).

We don’t face physical enemies and armies as David did, but there are many times in life when we struggle with fear. Let these Psalms give you comfort when you are afraid; pray these words aloud to the Lord, telling him how much you need him and how you are trusting him through the trials and problems he allows into your life.

Also remember that David prayed and fought. He did not see his fighting as a contradiction to his praying. Instead, he trusted that God would use him as he fought the battles he faced and that his answers to prayer would come through his own sword and Israel’s armies. The lesson here is that wise human action is not incompatible with faith or with trusting God in prayer. So as you pray for God’s comfort and help with the problems in your life, be diligent about addressing those problems in how you act because you believe that the Lord will help you through them.