Seeing Jesus in Psalm 57 – The Desolation of Fear

Psalm 57:7 -“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!”

Every Christmas season there are a couple of blockbuster movie releases and this season appears to be no different,  with probably the most anticipated release being The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  I will admit that it is a movie that my family is looking forward to.  There is one scene in the previews that is gripping in its intensity as it shows the Hobbit, hiding in a cave as a dragon peers in.  You know the Hobbit gets away but it makes you want to see how exactly the escape was accomplished.

David’s story in Psalm 57 was in fact very similar to that scene out of the secong Hobbit movie.  He isn’t being pursued by a dragon and hiding in a cave for safety, but he is being pursued by King Saul and about 3000 of his men who have the sole purpose of snuffing out David’s life.  David is in a fearful place.  God has called him to be king but Saul is unwilling to give up his throne and instead decides to murder David to protect his title. 

In Psalm 57, David is on the run and he has to be frightened.  Listen to what he says as he describes his advancing enemy, “My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.”  Make no mistake about it, these are intensely frightening times for David, yet even then he trusts God. David’s fear is real, his agony is real, his situation is real, he could very well lose his life.  But his faith is also real so even with the fear and the uncertainty he has peace.
In fact he says in verse 7, “my heart is steadfast”. That’s an extremely powerful declaration isn’t it?  Made even more powerful by his circumstances.  He has what everybody wants,  he has peace and the amazing thing about it is he has peace even when there are 3000 men and the king of the country trying to kill him.  Where does his peace come from?  It comes from God Himself who gives David peace regardless of the situation. It comes from trusting that God is in sovereign control even when circumstances seem out of control.  When we trust in God’s sovereignty and power,  and we know that because God is sovereign that there is nothing in our lives that He didn’t either cause or allow then we can be steadfast even when the situations of life give us no reason to be.

Trusting in God’s sovereignty gives us a sweet sense of peace even in our darkest times.  That shouldn’t surprise us though because Jesus told us that as we trust He would leave His peace with us.  And not only that but you see Him modeling that trust when He prayed in the Garden,  “not my will but yours be done.”  In other words I am simply trusting you, and that is how we should live our lives simply trusting God.  For when we do that we are given the gift of “steadfast hearts.”  Then we can truly live effective lives for the kingdom as we live for His glory!

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