A Psalm of God as a Defence (Psalm #59)

Text: Psalm 59

The context of this psalm is 1 Samuel 23:1-13 where David is trapped in Keilah.  Notice the Lord as a defence in verses 1, 9, 11, 16 and 17.

Serving God comes with its own set of troubles (vss 1-5)

  • David is innocent and still in trouble.  Not only that, David has just come from fighting off the Philistines and defending the city he is trapped in.
  • In verse 3 David tells the truth that he is not guilty of sinning against Saul.  David is not guilty of bringing this upon himself.
  • Jesus Christ was not guilty of sin.
  • The Lord tries over and over and over again in His words to get you and I to understand that trouble is not an indication of God’s hatred.  Moreover, removing that trouble is not an indication of God’s love.
    • If you come from that teaching that says: God’s will is to heal your current body and if He doesn’t, He hasn’t shown you favor, you’ll end up in constant disappointment and disillusioned by a god that allows painful things to continue.
  • A couple of prophetic references in this Psalm are:
    • The opposition to David are called workers of iniquity just like Jesus Christ calls them workers of iniquity at judgment in Luke 13:27, Depart from me ye workers of iniquity.
    • David’s request that God would Awake (vss 4-5) follows the cry in Isaiah 51:9-11 referring to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. There in Isaiah a song follows God’s awakening in Isaiah 51:11 just like in this psalm (vs 16).

God’s people find peace in the Lord in the midst of trouble (vss 6-13)

  • The great truth in this psalm is how God’s people find peace in the Lord in the midst of trouble.
  • Evil is persistent – They return at evening
  • Without are dogs – they make a noise like a dog
  • Like they just got through eating – they belch out with their mouth
  • Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

God’s people find joy in the Lord in the midst of trouble (vss 14-17)

  • Notice the trouble didn’t go away, but David has a different perspective. And at even let them return…But I will sing…
  • What started as desperation ends in singing.
  • Romans 5:1-5