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Cave Praise

Psalms 57:1-5 :

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A poem by David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me,
for my soul takes refuge in you.
Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge,
until disaster has passed.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who accomplishes my requests for me.
He will send from heaven, and save me,
he rebukes the one who is pursuing me.


God will send out his loving kindness and his truth.
My soul is among lions.
I lie among those who are set on fire,
even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
and their tongue a sharp sword.
Be exalted, God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be above all the earth!

David suffered a lot at the hands of King Saul and others who didn't follow God like they were supposed to. In this case, David was hiding from Saul in a cave. Saul used his God given authority and ability to do harm to someone that God loved. This put David in a difficult position. Saul was the anointed king of Israel. It would be wrong to do any harm to Saul, yet Saul was trying to kill David. How are we supposed to deal with problems like this that we cannot get out of? Praise the Lord, we have the advantage of learning what David did at a time like this.

One obvious thing we read here is that David prayed about it. If we are going through a difficult time, we shouldn't just try to figure it all out ourselves. We should come to God. David reminded himself as he prayed that God is the kind of person who wants to protect those who depend on Him. When we pray during a hard time, it's important for us to have the right idea about who God is. Like I mentioned before, if we think that God is mean, we might not find any peace. We need to realize that God actually wants to protect people who depend on Him. We are not believing the truth if we fail to realize that He wants to fight against those who want to hurt us.

When we do start thinking correctly about God, it is possible to be so overwhelmed with the truth about who He is, that we find ourselves praising Him even while we are still experiencing difficulties. God can help us to remember that He is fighting hard for us and that He will come through and save us. Our faith in God is mature when we not only believe what He will do for us but we also start praising Him for it like David was able to do while he was still trapped in that cave.

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