Psalm 57 Commentary

Psalm 57 Commentary

Another petition. Another praise song.

The psalmist has escaped death but he is still on the wanted list. It isn’t his first deliverance and he knows it won’t be his last. So the language is in the present continuous tense. “Have mercy on me,” he prays. It is a petition to the God Most High.

This psalm may carry the thought that God is the aggressor. It is a natural thought. If the bank has threatened to take your house because of unpaid dues, you want to write them for a grace period. The fact that the psalmist is petitioning God and not the bank means he perfectly understands the hierarchy of authority in creation.

The words mercy and grace appear when one thinks of guilt or a deserved repercussion. At the same time, the psalmist prays that God vindicates him. The thought here is that he is innocent. The saint may combine these thoughts in one prayer though it tastes terrible.

Regardless, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”

In the first stanza, God sends from Heaven and rebukes David’s enemies. He sends forth His love and faithfulness.

In the second stanza, David is steadfast. He summons strength from within. He sings. He makes music from his circumstances. This should be the saint’s reaction. Put your life in a song and it will be similar to this psalm. It is often a combination of danger and fear; petitions and deliverances; and then more danger and fear; followed by more petitions and deliverances. It is always in the present.

At some point in our existence, deliverance will be complete. But for now, we know deliverances come in installments. Regardless, the LORD is faithful. His love is great. Let the saint’s soul awaken to the sound of petitions and praise.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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