IN MOMENT LIKE THIS (Psalm 57:1-13) – 2nd June, 2019
In moments such as this, what does the church need do? Our answer is found in God’s inspired, infallible, in- errant and undiluted word which forever is settled in heaven. Psalm 57:1-13 came from the pen of someone who was so hated and sought after to be killed; and this by one of the merciless rulers of his time. In this passage David presents 6 things that believers passing through danger and pain should do.
1. ASK GOD FOR MERCY (V.1)
The first thing we need as Christians in times like this is to plead for mercy just like David did. If we are to be honest we have not as children of light and of the kingdom. We must first plead for mercy.
2. TAKE REFUGE IN GOD (V.1)
David acknowledged God as his refuge. Listen to what he said, “I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed”. A refuge is a place that gives protection from danger. The Bible says “God is our refuge and strength a present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
3. BE PRAYERFUL (V.2, 3)
Why do we need to pray in moments like this? The Psalmist gave us the answer in v.3. Because in answer to our prayers God sends help from heaven and saves, and not only that, He rebukes those who pursue the innocent. The Lord also in answer to prayer sends his love and faithfulness.
4. BE CAREFUL, WATCHFUL AND ALERT (V.4)
We need to know the kind of people that surround us. David knew the kind of people he was living in their midst. He describes them as; lions, ravenous beasts whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongue are sharp as swords.
5. PRAISE GOD (V.5-11)
In moments like this we need to constantly ascribe praise and thanksgiving to God. David’s response to the deliverance of God over his life was to glorify and exalt his name (v.5). We too must do same.
6. REMAIN STEADFAST IN THE LORD (V.7)
David reaffirm his steadfastness in the LORD (V.7) The Bible says they that know their GOD shall stand firm and do exploits (Dan 11:23). Brethren, let’s keep the faith because He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. Let’s be encouraged with these words, “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).