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God's Help When In Danger (Psalm 59)


cffblog6.jpgOctober 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

What were the actual circumstances behind Psalm 59? According to the title the Psalm refers to the occasion in David's life "when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him." The narrative in 1 Samuel 19:8ff relates that after Saul's unsuccessful attempt upon his life David fled and escaped. "And it came to pass that night" (so we should read with the LXX) "that Saul sent messengers to David's house to watch it, that he might slay him in the morning." Michal however contrived to effect his escape by letting him down through a window. (Cambridge Bible Commentary).




Psalm 59

New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.
When Saul had sent men to watch David's house in order to kill him.

I. PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE (1-5)
1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
2 Deliver me from evildoers
and save me from those who are after my blood.
3 See how they lie in wait for me!
Fierce men conspire against me
for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Arise to help me; look on my plight!
5 You, Lord God Almighty,
you who are the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
show no mercy to wicked traitors.

II. PROMISE OF GOD TO OVERCOME EVIL (6-9)
6 They return at evening,
snarling like dogs,
and prowl about the city.
7 See what they spew from their mouths--
the words from their lips are sharp as swords,
and they think, "Who can hear us?"
8 But you laugh at them, Lord;
you scoff at all those nations.

III. PUNISHMENT FOR ENEMIES (9-13)
9 You are my strength, I watch for you;
you, God, are my fortress,
10 my God on whom I can rely.
God will go before me
and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,
or my people will forget.
In your might uproot them
and bring them down.
12 For the sins of their mouths,
for the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
For the curses and lies they utter,
13 consume them in your wrath,
consume them till they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob.

IV. PRAISE FOR GOD'S HELP (14-17)
14 They return at evening,
snarling like dogs,
and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food
and howl if not satisfied.
16 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.
17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely.


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