Read Psalm 59
Featured Verse: Psalm 59:16
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love;for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. ”
David was in trouble—due to no fault of his own. He had been a model citizen. In fact, he had proven himself a true national hero during a military crisis when both Israel’s king and warriors had failed to step up and demonstrate courageous leadership. As you know from I Samuel 17, David had unintentionally made a name for himself on the battlefield by killing Goliath of Gath—the champion-giant of Israel’s archenemy, the Philistines.
As a result of this heroic act, David, still a young man, was recruited into King Saul’s army and fast-tracked right to the top as captain and confidant to the moody and maniacal king. He was even given Saul’s daughter, Michal, as his wife. But things turned bad when the unstable king began to show signs of irrational and insane jealousy toward David. It got so bad that he took out a hit on David’s life.
This psalm was written when David got wind of Saul’s plan, forcing him to leave his wife, abandon his home and flee for his life. As you can see from the very long title given in the Psalter to Psalm 59 (“For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Do Not Destroy.’ Of David. A miktam.When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.”), Saul had arranged a stake out at David’s house in order to carry out their immoral and illegal plot (Psalm 59:3). And according to David’s song, they were doing more that just trying to murder him: They were attempting to assassinate his character in the eyes of a nation that had come to adore him as their warrior-hero (Psalm 59:10 & 12). So David writes about them and puts a tune to it—a song that immortalizes their evil and invites Divine destruction down upon their heads.
Now you might be wondering what all this has to do with you. Perhaps you’re asking if there is anything in this psalm that elevates it to the status of good devotional material meant for your edification today? That’s a good question—I’m glad you asked. You see, although I doubt that you will ever have a “hit” taken out on your life, chances are there will be people in your life from time to time who will try to assassinate your character and ruin your reputation. And when that happens, you can hearken back to David’s experience and, if nothing else, remember this one thing:
Though people can kill your body, assassinate your character, and ruin your reputation, they can never silence your song.
At the end of the day, evil people will be no more, but the fact that you have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ will keep you in favored standing with the only One who has the power of eternal life and death. Powerful people may try to bring you down, but He is true Strength. They may try to force you out, but you have One whose name is Fortress. They may make your life miserable, but you belong to One who is your Refuge.
Evil people and unfair times will pass, but God stands forever. And since you belong to Him, you will stand forever, too! So go ahead and sing. I normally don’t recommend Elton John songs for worship, but you may want to even sing one of his: I’m Still Standing.