Posted: July 2, 2010
Let us begin this week to study Psalm 57. The title reveals much information to us about this Psalm. The title is, “To the Chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave”. We know from the title David is living outside and running from Saul. The word Michtam tells us it is a Psalm of instruction. The word Altaschith means destroy not. He is asking God for mercy toward Saul and not to destroy him.
I want to study verses 1-3 this week and this thought, the troubles that overwhelmed David. I see in verse one that David mentions the calamities he finds himself in. The word calamity means the severity of troubles. In verses 1-2 I find there is the cry from within David. In verse two the cry is to the Most High God. I find in verse one the cry has the word O in it. The word O is a word of desperation. God very seldom hears and answers prayer until there is an O in our prayers. David asked for mercy in verse one, which is for God to withhold from him as well as Saul what they deserve.
David reminds God that he is trusting in Him. The word trust means to rest all the being upon another. He also tells Him that he is hiding under the shadow of his wings. David says, I have made him my refuge. The word refuge is a high tower in time of trouble. I love the way William Cushing said it in the words of his song, "Under his wings, oh what precious enjoyment. There will I hide till life trials are over; sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me, resting in Jesus I am safe evermore".
I noticed in verses one and three we find the confidence of David. He has the confidence in verse one that these calamities will come to pass. I thank the Lord, it matters not how dark the way, all of these things shall come to pass. Nothing in this life comes to stay, it only comes to pass.
I see also in verse three David's confidence is that God will send His help from heaven. His help will keep David from being totally swallowed up with destruction. The help of God David says, will come in the form of His mercy and His truth. Throughout the Gospels we are told that Jesus is the one who is full of grace, truth, and mercy. It is He that will come for David as well as for us. He will cause us to cry, “Under His wing, under His wing, who from His love can sever? “Under his wing my soul shall abide, safely abide forever”.