Posted: February 3, 2010
Let us begin this week to study Psalm 54. I notice several things of value from the title. One, it is to the 'Chief Musician' which tells me it was to be sung publicly. The word 'Malalath' is the word for the Temple choir. This song was to be sung during public worship by the Temple choir. The word 'Maschil' means for instruction. Most of our older music is full of doctrine and thus taught us the Bible as we sung.
One of the lessons in this Psalm is a lesson on great faith. So strong was David's faith that he soon sang himself into delightful serenity. The depth of our faith will bring the death of worry and the birth of a peaceful rest.
I want to draw out attention to an 'Illustration Of Faith', which is the basis for this Psalm.
David was anointed King over United Israel as a young boy. He spent most of his life running from King Saul. Saul sought to kill David while David lived in caves or slept with sky as his roof and a rock as his pillow.
During the days of David fleeing from Saul I find in I Samuel 23:19-23 that he sought a refuge among the Ziphites. The Bible tells us in this same chapter and verse 14 that Saul sought him every day 'but God delivered him not into Saul's hands.' Oh what a blessing it is to be hidden from our enemies by God. David would later write, 'He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.'
While David was hiding among these people they took it upon themselves to tell Saul of this fact. They had nothing to gain from Saul. As a matter of fact they also were his enemy.
When Saul found out that he was among the Ziphites, I Samuel 26:1-3 tells us he came to seek David out that he might kill him. David came to the place where Saul was camped. Abishai said, 'David here is your chance to once for all rid Israel from the rule of Saul'. In I Samuel 26:9 David said, 'Who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed and be guiltless.' David slipped in and took Saul's spear and water jug. David stood on an adjacent mountain and cried to Saul as to why he wanted to kill him. When Saul realized his spear and jug of water were gone but his life was spared, he said, 'David, I have sinned and played the fool this day but my soul was precious in your sight.'
It was during this illustration of faith that David composed Psalm 54.