the 59th Psalm : Daily in the Psalms Morning Devotional

Daily in the Psalms : Psalm 59

A Daily Devotional Study of the  book of psalms 59

The enemy is real and strong, but he is no match for the praying and determined child of God.

THE ENEMIES OF THE CHRISTIAN



Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.  
Psalms 59:1-10

The Psalmist says that his enemies were workers of iniquity. This indicates that wickedness was their main activity.  Then he says they were bloody men.  They were seeking his life, though he had done them no wrong.  They acted like a pack of wild dogs scavenging the city, prowling at night, praying on the feeble and helpless.  They lie in wait, subtle and deceiving in their desires and designs.  They were ready to ambush and destroy his life.
 
He said, “ the mighty are gathered against me.”  This is not only a reference to mere strength, but the kind of strength that was daring, unscrupulous, bold, and determined.  He said that they run and plant themselves as surely and secure as possible.  This is a military term, meaning that they will attack like a well-trained army.  They were settled in their purpose and resolved to do their work.  
 
“Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips”  There was a constant flow of lies and reproaches coming from them as well as sharp and cutting words.  They were so wholly absent of the fear of God that they mocked as they said, “Who can hear you?”  
 
All of these characteristics were present with the enemies of the Psalmist and they were designed to strike fear in his heart.  To defeat him even before the actual battle began. That is still the character and tactic of the enemy of God’s people.
 
This devotion is not intended to depress the believer, but to remind us that our enemies are not interested in playing nice; they are out to destroy.  We must understand their ungodliness and know that our only refuge is in the Lord.  May we seek His help today

THE PRAYER OF THE PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN


Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.  
Psalms 59:1-5

He asks God to be his defence.  He seeks to be raised up above the reach of those that intended to harm him.  He wanted also to be raised above the fear of them.  Those who trust in God will dwell on high and have no reason to fear.
 
He asks for deliverance.  His foes were many and the danger was great, but he knew God was able to defeat their designs and deliver him from their hands.
 
Then he asks for judgment. “Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors.”  When God rises to the aid of His people, He will smite their foes in His anger.
 
The greatness of the danger and the urgency of the need are always strong arguments for God’s intervention.
 
David had done no evil against these enemies.  He was bringing this out to the One that searches the hearts of men, which tells of his true innocence.  God would know that he had not sinned in his heart or in his actions toward these enemies.  It is one thing to appear innocent before men, but it is quite another thing to know that you are innocent before God.  This is a powerful plea!
 
David had confidence that all forces, no matter how great, bow before God.  He cannot be overmatched.  His confession of the might and majesty of God and the proclamation of His Name, adds great force to his request.
 
David addressed God and “My God.”  Blessed is the person that claims a personal relationship with God in times of trials and troubles.


THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN


Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.  
Psalms 59:5-10

We see that David was not dismayed by the presence of his enemies, but he was encouraged by the presence of his God.
 
His Confidence Was In God’s Infinite Superiority To His Enemies - “But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them.”  To defeat these foes would be a light effort for God.
 
His Confidence Was In God’s Sure Defence - “Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.”  God is our high place of refuge and safety.  In Him we are absolutely secure, far above the reach of our worst enemy.
 
His Confidence Was In God’s Gracious And Timely Deliverance - God in His loving kindness would come to his rescue.  Countless are the times we have met with the wonderful grace of God and had our needs met and a refuge secured even before the danger arose. His grace goes before us, preparing the way for every difficulty.
 
The Godly are still subject to trials and troubles; sometimes these may be bitter.  But confidence is with those that are innocent.  Suffering is far more severe when it is the result of sin and is accompanied with guilt.  But it is always eased by personal integrity.  
 
Happy and blessed are those that look to God for their deliverance. In Him is all-sufficiency. God’s Word rings comfort from Heaven, “Greater is He that is with you than he that is in the world!”  “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

THE DESTINIES OF MEN


Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.  
Psalms 59:11-17

As David prays, he predicts the infliction of God’s judgment upon his enemies.  Then he announces his determination to praise God and celebrate God’s deliverance.
 
THE DESTINY OF THE ENEMIES OF GOD

Their Life Is Filled With Misery
 
He proclaims that they would have fruitless wanderings, being scattered by God’s power.  The wicked really do miss the mark in life.  Even when they do have some success, they find no satisfaction in them.
 
Their Life Is Filled With Heavy Afflictions
 
He says that God will humble them and abase them.  They would be cast down in dishonor.  
 
Their Life Has No Satisfaction
 
He said that in the evening they would return and know that heir efforts were in vain.  He was saying that they would receive the disgusting and painful disappointment they deserved. Wickedness never satisfies its agents.  The evil heart is never rested nor does it find peace.  
 
Their Life Ends In Ruin
 
“Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be.”  This is not a contradiction; he prays for his enemies to be ultimately destroyed, but only after they had become an example of a miserable existence and a solemn warning to all men of God’s righteous judgment. The idea here is that God would bring one judgment after another upon them, bringing them to utter ruin. This was to show that wickedness, if pursued, always ends in destruction.  Again, the Bible rings true, “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”  The destruction of the wicked must be viewed as a just consequence of their sin.  The slander, pride, and cruelty of the enemies of God bring down upon them the judgments of Heaven. Men fit themselves for ruin with their wickedness because the judgment of God always ruins them.

THE DESTINIES OF MEN - CONTINUED


Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.  
Psalms 59:11-17

THE DESTINY OF GOD’S PEOPLE

In the midst of his persecutions and trials, David confidently anticipates his future filled with praise to God.  The Godly always have reason for praise:
 
They Have God As The Source Of Their Strength
“Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing”  In God he found all that he needed and to Him was his praise offered.
 
They Have God As Their Defence And Refuge
“For thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble”  “For God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.”  The rich grace of God toward us and His sure protection for us are the most sufficient reasons for our heartfelt and grateful praise.
 
They Have God’s Mercy, Thus His Power
“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy.”  Power without mercy is a terrible thing and mercy without power is not something from which we can expect to benefit.  God’s power is what helps us and His mercy is the reason He helps us.  When we see these truths, our hearts spring forth in praise.
 
They Sing The Songs Of Victory
Singing is the natural expression of gratitude and joy.  Singing songs of victory boasts of the Lord’s love for us and His work on our behalf and it also invites the praise of others. He said he would sing in the morning.  That refers to our joy and comes the morning after victory.  The Bible uses the morning as a beautiful symbol of the destiny of God’s people.  God will turn the darkness of our suffering into the beautiful light of the morning of gladness.  The wicked are marching toward a dreaded night while the righteous are marching toward the light of a joyous day.
 
God Manifested In These Destinies
The dark destiny of the wicked and the joyous future of the righteous are both the evidence of the sovereign hand of God. “And let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.”  David wanted the world to know that it was a Holy God that was the Ruler of all nations, not a wicked king like Saul.  The design of all that God does is to convince men that He reigns.  God does not just aim to punish wicked men, but to warn them.  Because of the love and grace of Christ, we are not to seek revenge upon our enemies.  But we must be reminded that wickedness brings misery and leads to ruin and that righteousness tends to life and peace and joy.  


Please pray for and be present for the services Sunday.  God is doing great things for Victory Baptist Church.  God uses and blesses human instruments, and every member of our Church can and should have a part in what God is doing.  Start today planning to show up, step up, and do your part.  Plan to sing out and praise the Lord with a heart of gratitude and gladness for His goodness and mercy.  Don’t let the cares of this world steal your praise.

THE MEDITATION AND PRAISE OF GOD’S PEOPLE


But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.  
Psalms 59:16-17

THE SUBJECT OF THEIR MEDITATION

The Mercy Of God

Everything that God does and has done should furnish matter for our delightful meditation.  But at the top of the list is His mercy; it is from His mercy that we draw our deepest consolation, our richest encouragement, and our most enduring hope.  Every one of us has experienced and has first hand knowledge of His mercy.
 
Their Refuge In Times Of Trouble

It is a wonderful comfort to have refuge in times of trouble.  He is our Rock, our Fortress, our High Tower, our Shield, our Buckler, and our Dwelling Place in every trouble.  He is always near and gives us our sense of security.  
 
Their Strength And Confidence In God’s Power

He defends us from all danger by His power
He assists us in our duty by His power
It is never by our own power
 
May we sing, sing aloud, of His power, mercy, defense, and refuge today



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Danny "Preacher" Bezet
Victory Baptist Church
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Baytown, TX 77521
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