Posted: July 23, 2010
Let us study for a final time Psalm 57 which is a Psalm of instruction during the days when David fled from Saul and lived in a cave. This week I want to look at verses 7-11 and the trusts that cause David to ‘O’ after God.
In this text David uses the word O on three different occasions. He said O God three times and O Lord once. The word O is used in a time of earnest and desperate prayer. It is the mark of the effectual earnest prayer of the righteous man. David's trust has put within him desperation of O God and O Lord.
In verse seven I find the trust of a fixed heart. The word fixed means to set the mind upon one object. The heart is all of one's feelings, doings, and the goings. David has set these entirely upon God. It causes him to break out in songs of praise unto the One he is trusting in. In a time when the heart should be in great doubt, if we will but trust in Him fully, we become steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of Lord.
In verse eight I find the trust of early devotions. There is just something about spending those early moments with the Lord. David calls for him to awake and that early, so that he might give Him glory and praise. My, what strength is gained by giving Him those first moments of the day. Author Pink said he was not a morning person so he burned the midnight oil with God. I cannot tell you what time of the day to give special time, only to the Lord, but there should be some time of the day given wholly to Him.
I see in verse nine there is the trust of missionary songs of praise. David’s fixed heart and early moments with the Lord had caused him to praise the Lord among his Jewish people. Oh that God would give us the freedom to praise him in the public worship. David's worship had a missionary heart to it. He desired to sing praises among the nations. He wanted the gentile heathen to hear him praise the Lord. It may be the means of bringing some of them to our God.
In verse 10 David mentions the trust of and in the truth. He lays before us the truth of mercy being great unto the heavens. Mercy is God withholding from us what we deserve. In other places David says, God's mercy is higher than the heavens are above the earth. That is endless out there; with no dead end ahead signs
In verse 11 I see David gives us the trust of exalting our God. David begins to lift up and adore our Lord. Before you know it, God is above the heavens and above all the earth. When we go to praising Him, it lifts us higher and higher. We will soon lose sight of this world, for the world to come. The songwriter said, trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. No wonder David broke out in the thought O God, O Lord.