Posted: June 18, 2010
Let us study for a last time Psalm 56:12-13, which is a Psalm where David found himself in a Gath prison while running from Saul. Gath was the hometown of Goliath.
We have seen in our text already God's compassion and God's concern. I turn our attention to Psalms 56:12-13 in the thought of God's character.
We know that one of the great areas of God's care for us His sovereign ability to see and know all things. We find in these verses that David has been delivered because of God's character.
In verse 12 I find that God's character looks into David's soul. David is rendering praise unto the Lord. The word praise means, to throw the hands upward while giving loud words of adoration like the sound of a large choir singing. I noticed the word praise is in the plural. It tells me this was an ongoing act of giving our God the honor and adoration with hands lifted up. As God looks into David's soul, we are reminded that he is giving praise because the vows of God were upon him. This is an unusual source of praise. David has remembered his vow to God and he now lifts up praise to the Lord. The word vow is a promise to give or do something for God. The vow of which David made was usually made during a time of desperation. David has been delivered and he immediately remembers his vow and gives God praise.
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us to be careful of what we vow with our mouth. Solomon says deferred not to pay, for he has no pleasure in fools. The text says it would be better for you not to vow than to vow and not pay. Solomon says if you pay not God will become angry at your voice and destroy the works of thine hand. I think of the times when we have made promises to people and to God and act as if we do not have to keep them. One vow that stands out in my mind is the wedding vowels. We promise God and the people listening that we will stay with our mate in sickness, health, rich, poor, for better or for worse, until death do us part. If these truths on vowels be clear to me, and with the rampant divorce rate, our God is angry at many folks.
I see in verse 13 that God's character looks upon the steps of David. David asked God to keep his feet from falling and direct him to walk in the light with the Lord. It is not always easy to walk in the light. We are more often on guard during a dark storm and find we are walking more circumspect than in the clear daylight. I heard of a recent story of some folk who planted flowers on their back porch. During the week of storms they flourished, but during the next week of continual sunshine they drooped and wilted. Let us pray that the Lord would keep us from falling during the dark storms and much more during the good daylight of walking with Him.