These Psalms were written during a dark period of David’s life. He lived in caves, being ruthlessley and wrongfully hunted. It’s no wonder these passages are full of prayers for vindication and retribution.
What is surprising, is how glorious the worshipful injections are.
“I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” (57:9-11)
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” (59:16-17)
I can testify, over and over, the times the LORD has been a fortress and a refuge to me. He is endlessly reliable. What truly inspires me, is the heart to see Him exalted over all the earth, above all else.
No matter what happens to me, let the nations know the glory of God.
There is great freedom in prioritizing the LORD, great wisdom in depending on the One unshakable foundation. A few psalms ago, God promised He will be exalted among the nations. It is an unchangeable fact. He is naturally above and all powerful.
I will sing of your strength. He controls Kings, the weather, stops the sun in the sky, spoke creation into existence and holds humanity together.
I will sing of your love. He pursues, shows mercy, protects, provides, gives good gifts, creates beauty and pleasure, forgives and brings peace to our tired souls.
Simultaneously considering His infinite power and deep intimacy is difficult. We tend to lean one way or the other, but we can’t count out either.
Let us praise Him together, today, for all that He is and all that He does. No matter our current circumstance, it is the perfect time to do so.