Psalm 59 Commentary

Psalm 59 Commentary

This time around David is the innocent one. There is always an understanding within the saint’s heart that innocence must always lead to a prosperous life. But not for David. He is a hunted man and so for no offense of his.

It is always a difficult position when the innocent experience trouble. We may never know let alone understand the reasons but at least we know we can pray. Of course, the New Testament saint has questions mark on the sample prayer presented in this psalm. We shouldn’t pray our enemies to extinction in vengeance. We should bless them and not curse them.

David seems to suggest that the only way to stop aggression is by eliminating the aggressors. The only way to eliminate oppression is by eliminating the oppressors. These extremes are somewhat checked by David’s prayer that the LORD doesn’t destroy the oppressors. Reason?

Let the oppressors stick around and witness the victory that the LORD grants His people. It should be a moment of pride for God’s people. But not exactly the core reason. Let the world know that the LORD rules. The glory of the LORD is the main reason.

If we seek victory, let it be for the sole purpose of glorifying God. When the LORD is glorified, the saint is victorious and his life is complete. We cannot have it any other way. Then the world will know that God rules over Jacob. Or, the world will understand that there are rules or that in Jacob the rule of law is respected.

David has just escaped death. Then he declares: “You are my strength, I will sing praise to you.” When evening comes, take stock of your day and sing a praise song for the many deliverances in the day.

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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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