Read: Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 19:9 – 17
Psalm 59 is the last in a series of psalms in which David reflected on the time when Saul pursued him. This psalm takes us back to the early days of his trouble, when Saul attempted to have David murdered in his bed, but Michal helped him to escape.
Think About It: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how would I rate the level of stress David was dealing with? One way of dealing with stress is denial– pretending to ourselves that everything is really all right. What evidence does this psalm give that David faced his troubles squarely and did not live in denial? What is the level of stress I am dealing with in my life right now? Am I facing my troubles squarely?
Prayer: That I might not live in denial, but might rather apprehend God’s grace to deal with whatever level of stress is in my life.
Read: Psalm 59:1; Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 2:15 – 16; James 1:14
David had clearly defined enemies– Saul and his minions.
Think About It: Who are my enemies, as suggested by the New Testament passages for today?
Prayer: For God to deliver me from my enemies in the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Read: Psalm 59:2 – 4; Jeremiah 12:1 – 5
In Psalm 59:2 – 4 David pleaded his cause before God. We argue with God not to change His mind, but to bring our thinking in line with His. The passage in Jeremiah is another example of an argument with God – God’s response is in v. 5.
Think About It: What did David say to God about the character of his enemies? About their actions? About his own innocence? What righteousness can I claim when I pray?
Prayer: Thank God for the privilege of coming before Him clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ; pray that my requests will always be based on justice, as David felt that his request was.
Read: Psalm 59:5 – 17; Ephesians 1:18 – 22
In this portion of the psalm David exulted in the character of God and reflected on what God would do, what David would do, and what his enemies would do. One aspect of God’s character that David delighted to think about was His power (vv. 9, 11, 13, 16, 17).
Think About It: How did David come to know about the power of God? How have I come to know about God’s power?
Prayer: Submit to the authority of God and thank Him for His mighty power.
Read: Psalm 59; Psalm 46
Another aspect of God’s character that David delighted to think about in Psalm 59 was that God is a God of defense. The Hebrew word he used for deliverance means “to snatch away” and the concept of defense means “lifted up to a high, inaccessible place.” The term “fortress” in Hebrew means literally “high tower.” David also referred to God as his magen or shield.
Think About It: What is the significance of the concept of being “snatched away” and “lifted up” out of trouble? What does it mean to me to learn that God is a high tower, a provider of refuge?
Prayer: For God to snatch me away from my troubles and to give me refuge in His high tower.
Read: Psalm 59:5, 13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:1 – 11
Another aspect of God’s character that comforted David was God’s wrath, especially as that wrath would be directed against evildoers, and David’s enemies fell into that category.
Think About It: Do I recognize wrath as a significant part of God’s character? When I think of the wrath of God, am I comforted? How can such a thought be comforting?
Prayer: Praise God that His wrath is directed in judgment against sin; praise God for deliverance from wrath!
Read: Psalm 59:10, 16, 17; Jeremiah 31:1 – 3
The lovingkindess and mercy of God is another aspect of His character that David delighted to think about in Psalm 59. The Hebrew word involved is chesed, which is translated in some versions “steadfast love” and in other versions as “lovingkindness” or “mercy.”
Think About It: What evidence did David have that God was treating him with lovingkindess? Might someone else have looked at the same circumstances another way? Do I see evidence of God’s lovingkindness in my life?
Prayer: Thank God for the specific lovingkindnesses and tender mercies He has shown to me.