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Psalms 56-61


A Devotional Journey    
     led by Dr Gene Pearson 
Thru the Bible in a Year
       Psalm 56 continues a collection of prayers for deliverance.  His life threatened by the Philistines, David appeals to God for protection.  It begins with the plea for help and ends (as so many psalms do) with an assertion of security in God's care.  Psalm 57 is similar, although this time the enemy is the king of David's own country, Saul, who is pursuing him in order to take his life.  The internal struggle of one in flight is clearly visible.
       Psalm 58 is an appeal for God's judgment on unrighteous judges and rulers.   It is aimed at internal problems in Israel and includes both condemnation of the wicked and encouragement for the oppressed who are righteous. 
       Psalm 59 returns to David's plight in being pursued by King Saul.  It also envisions the slanders hurled by enemies other than Saul and seeks God's relief.  The poetry gives a feeling, common to many psalms that in singing this song faith may be revived.
       Psalm 60 is used in Psalm 108. It seems intended to strengthen the people in a time of national crisis.  It appears that the Israelite armies have suffered some defeat; God is clearly being called upon for aid in gaining the victory.
       Psalm 61 is ascribed to David, and must reflect both a time danger and of faith.  The king's heart has grown faint and yet he knows from where his support comes.  Always the vow is made that as God responds the one praying (in this case the king) will sing His praise.
       When you bring you problems to God, do you first remind yourself of all He has already done in the past?  Do you praise God for His love and faithfulness, even in the crisis?  To do these things enables us to move through our problems without losing track of our position in God's plan.  His love is everlasting; our lives, through Jesus Christ, are everlasting; therefore we have hope in spite of whatever we face or experience.
       Today make a list of all the good things God has done in your life, all the times He has helped you, encouraged you and protected you.  Make a list of some of the promises God has given you in the Bible (if you are too unfamiliar with the Bible to do this, start a list with today=s readings and record verses where God promises some blessing to those who belong to Him).
       Review the lists at least once each week.   You will be surprised at how this affects your feelings in a positive way.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010