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READING: Psalms 55-58 – More of David’s Psalms 


Psalm 55 likely was written about Absalom’s revolt against David. Things were falling apart for him, and he wants to hide in the wilderness, “Yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness.” He prayed, “O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city. Ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.” His lament was that “It is not an enemy who taunts me – But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.” This was David’s lowest despair, yet he still relied on his God. “You, O God, will cast them down into destruction; men of blood shall not live out half their days. BUT I WILL TRUST IN YOU.”  

Psalm 56 was written when David went to the Philistine King Achish whose servants thought David was king in Israel. They repeated what the women sang, “Saul has killed his thousands and David his tens of thousands.” (1 Samuel 21:11ff). David feared for his life, and began acting like a madman and deceived the king who said, “Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to my presence?” He escaped and wrote this Psalm in which he twice says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” He also said, “This I know, that God is for me.”   

Psalm 56 is another escape from Saul. The Psalm praises God while talking about the danger he was in as Saul was coming after him with thousands of men. In successive verses David wrote, “I lie down amid fiery beasts – the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” And again, ”Your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” David knew his enemy; he also knew his God. 

Psalm 58 was likely written in David’s old age, but not necessarily. He saw the injustice of the rulers that surrounded him who spoke as if they were gods. “Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?” Jesus used a similar passage to shut the Pharisees up (see John 10:34-35 cf. Psalm 82:6). These that David wrote of were indeed men who acted as if they were god. “In your hearts you devise wrongs.” He prayed that the LORD God would “break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD… The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance…Mankind will say, ‘Surely there is a God who judges on earth.’” 

David knew and trusted God with his very life. 

How much do I trust Him? Do I trust as David trusted? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF   

O Father in heaven, In these Psalms I can see why you called David a man after Your own heart. Can I become a person after Your own heart by listening to what Your Son says about you, and following His example? Can you show Your loving kindness to me as You showed it to David? This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, AMEN! 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself)      

Father, God, again I pray that each who reads this will come to Your throne to bask in Your glory when we all learn to love You as David loved You. Help us to understand why the Messiah was known as The Son of David. I suspect there was more to that Name than the genealogical record! This is my prayer, for all who read this and for myself, in the Holy Name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN! 

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