S (Scripture): Psalm 59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God! Protect me from those who attack me!
59:2 Deliver me from evildoers! Rescue me from violent men!
59:3 For look, they wait to ambush me;
powerful men stalk me, but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord…
59:8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them; you taunt all the nations.
59:9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! For God is my refuge.
O (Observation): David (the proposed psalmist) shares his feelings of fear and anxiety when fleeing from his enemies, who literally want to take his life. He is being attacked and seeks refuge from the Lord.
Ultimately, he knows that his rescue will come from the Lord, and not his own doing. We don’t normally associate God with taunting, but that is what the psalmist hopes for here – a retribution fitting of the crime.
A (Application): I spoke with a young gentleman the other day. He, like David, was being attacked. And this time, the attack came from fellow believers. (An uncanny parallel between Saul and David, I think.)
This young man expressed his understanding of grace in the midst of a conversation, and was told that his life had been wasted up to this point, that his was an understanding not supported by Scripture. The accuser than put anothe clip in the Gospel Gun and fired away. What a shame.
I can understand if we don’t subscribe to other’s belief systems, but what happened was shameful…and frankly, I hope the Lord laughs at that person. (That’s a human response…an earthly, retribution-based response, I know, but it does lie beneath the surface of my skin, if I’m being honest.)
What I hope for this situation is found in v. 9
You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! For God is my refuge. – Psalm 59:9
In the face of our enemies, I want this young man, and all who believe, to lean on this verse. God is our strength, not retribution (even though it burns in our ‘Murican bellies). God is our refuge, not my own smarts or strength.
This is the way of the cross: that I don’t have to win every argument. That I won’t use Scripture as a weapon to tear others down. No. I will use Scripture to point to Christ, not just to other words to condemn. I will speak of a God whose love knows no bounds. A God who (in the form of a human) stretched out his arms and says, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” A God who redeems us in the midst of our sin, who washes us clean in the baptismal waters, and feeds us along the way with bread and wine. I believe in a God who calls me to action: to love God and neighbor in tangible ways, who equips me by giving me authority and power to heal and forgive. This is my God. A God of love. God is love.
May God give you the heart and words to act and speak as one who loves God and loves thy neighbor.
Have you had a similar experience to King David, or this young man I described? What was your response? Are you waiting for the Lord to respond? Listen closely, and gather other believers around you to help you clarify what God is saying to you. Then, act on God’s word to you.
P (Prayer): Lord, we seek your strength in the midst of adversity. Guide our hearts and our words, that we may ever love you, glorify you, magnify you. Amen.