Psalm 57
Be exalted O God

Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 24

INTRO to Psalm 57

1. Called a "golden psalm"

6 Psalms are called Miktam's - Psalm 16, 56, 67, 58, 59, 60

-the root of the word means to stamp or engrave
-the Miktam -golden psalms- abound in holy confidence and close with songs of assurance as to ultimate safety and joy

2. Is rooted in the events of 1 Samuel 24 - a big/pivotal moment in David's life

-when he fleeing from Saul, hiding in cave, and God delivered him into his hands- but instead of killing Saul, he confronted him and let him go.

3. A prayer and praise Psalm- definite tone of joy

4. Interesting: Written from the perspective as if it was happening as he writes. Gives off a "real time" feel though it was written after the fact.

Key phrases in Psalm 57

"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me" v.1

"In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge" v.1

"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! v.5,11

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast" v.7


A look at Psalm 57 through David's eyes


When you think about God, what picture comes to your mind?

Sometimes our mental pictures of God get skewed-- like Job's did. David's picture of God is a good one, so don't hesitate to embrace Psalm 57's view of God.

-God is merciful
-one who protects and delivers
-Strong and mighty
-one who listens to the cry of those who put their trust in Him
-God is just, He is one who can and does turn the tables on his enemies
-our only recourse
-watching and concerned for his children

B. David's troubles recalled

David in the cave was a big moment in his life- one of those moments that get etched into the hard drive of our minds.

As it regards troubles in our life- some of us forget them, some of us replay them a lot. David wrote songs about his life and troubles -songs that weave in the the themes of not just distress but faith. I find it interesting that David always seems to relate everything to God

-"hotly pursued" v.3
-"in the midst of lions" v.4
-"forced to dwell among ravenous beasts- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords" v.4
-"the spread a net for my feet- I was bowed down in distress" v.6
-"they dug a pit in my path- " v.6
-chased by Saul- ties in to 1Samuel 24

It's good for us to consider David's troubles because it shows us how impossible his situation was and how desperately needy he was of God's help. It also shows us how big a moment this was in David's life

C. David's faith. David's heart. David's confidence

Despite the desperateness of David's situation he had faith

"He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me." Selah!!!! v.3

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast" v.7

Faith in Christ is something we must cling to. Our faith in the Lord and in His promises is something we must hold on to

Hebrews 11:1-2 says; "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certian of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

D. David's determination

a. To trust the Lord -to take refuge in God - in the shadow of his wings till the storm passed

The idea here involves "hunkering down" "Battening down the hatches" "Riding it out" "huddling together". It's also interesting that there is not much else that can be done in such times- for priority 1 is getting thru the situation- and it's only God who can help us with that.

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings

Psalm 36:7 How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 63:7 Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.

It is in the shadow of His wings that we take refuge.
It is in the shadow of His wings where we find protection.
It is in the shadow of His wings that He covers us with His love, grace and mercy.

b. To cast himself upon the mercy of God v.1

David didn't go to God saying "you owe me" he went saying "I need your mercy"

It is by God's mercy and grace that we have salvation in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says; " For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast

c. To keep the focus on God

"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth." v.5,11

Reminds me of Colossians 1:18 which speaks of Christ "That in all things He might have the preeminence"

David's concern was not for his glory but God's. This is something we need to keep in mind "It's not about me, it's about God"

d. To praise the Lord with vim, vigor, enthusiasm, zeal v.7-11

-I will sing and make music
-I will awaken the dawn
-I will praise you, Lord, among the nations (note David's evangelistic zeal!)