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READING: Psalms 59-62 – Prayer for Deliverance, National Victory, Assured ;, & Trust in God 

These four Psalms of David come from various times of his life, the 59th, from his youth; the 60th from his glorious reign; the 61st is undated, and the 62nd from the period between his sin with Bathsheba and his flight from Absalom. 

Psalm 59 is a prayer for deliverance from his enemies Saul ordered his house watched in order to kill him. “Even now they lie in wait for my life; the mighty stir up strife against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD, for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.” This was when Michael let him out of the house through a window and he had to flee from Saul. He asks God, “Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!… spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.” King Saul was the ultimate mighty one who was David’s enemy for no fault of his own. The LORD did protect David over a period of years. This was early in David’s oppression by Saul. 

Psalm 60 is a prayer for national Victory after a defeat suffered when he was experiencing victory at every turn. “O God, You have rejected us, broken our defenses; You have been angry; now restore us!… O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes.” From beginning to end of this Psalm, David pleads with God for help against his foes, for the help of humans is worthless. He knows that his victories can come only from the LORD. 

Psalm 61 is not dated by my source. This Psalm is an assurance of God’s protection. Even as he asks, “Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure” we wonder if he speaks of himself or Saul? We know twice he had the opportunity to kill Saul, but he spared Saul. He prayed, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” This has a feel of his time in the wilderness. Whether in the wilderness or the palace, he said, “I will always sing praises to Your name, as I pay my vows day after day.”  

Psalm 62 is dated between his sin with Bathsheba and his flight from Absalom. David’s prayer is this: “For God alone, my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation… for my hope is from Him. On God rests my deliverance and my honor.” His enemies wanted to bring down someone of prominence. (Do we see this in our national life today?) David’s prayer ended, “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that Power belongs to God, and Steadfast Love belongs to You, O Lord.”  

A God of Power with no steadfast Love is an ogre. A God of Love with no Power to save His people is helpless. 

But thank the LORD, our God has both Power and Steadfast Love. 

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