I can’t imagine all that ran through David’s mind as he hid out in that cave. Once anointed by Samuel . . . prophesied to be king . . . faithful servant in the royal courts . . . this giant slayer now had a giant target on his back. King Saul was out to destroy him. So David was in the cave. And I can only imagine what he’s thinking. Despair comes to mind. What was going on? But as I read Psalm 57 this morning, David’s thoughts went beyond his frantic situation and focused, as well, on his faithful Sovereign.
Though he encountered “storms of destruction,” the songwriter was convinced they would pass . . . believing that His God was a God “who fulfills His purpose for me.” Though he may have been trampled upon . . . thrown in the midst of lions . . . and on the run from those who would set a trap for him, yet he anchored himself to the belief that God would “send out His steadfast love and His faithfulness.” A steadfast love that “is great to the heavens” . . . a faithfulness that reached “to the clouds.”
David may have been on the run, but it seems he never believed he was alone. He may have not understood the why’s of that which was happening . . . but he did not waver from the what’s of God’s calling. He may have had a hard time figuring out what was driving crazy King Saul crazy, but he clung to what he knew to be true concerning His God. And in doing so, worry gave way to worship.
My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds. (Psalm 57:7-10 ESV)
His God was a God who would fulfill His promises . . . a God whose lovingkindness filled the expanse between heaven and earth . . . a God whose faithfulness enveloped him as the clouds covered the sky. And because of God’s steadfast love, David could have a steadfast heart.
Times of trouble are best handled when, by His grace, we are able to remember His unchanging nature and His unfailing promises . . . when, because of who He is, paralyzing fear gives way to songs of praise . . . when because of His steadfast love, thoughts of failure are displaced with themes of worship. I know it might come off a bit cliche . . . but that doesn’t make it any less true.
The disquieted soul is quieted by meditation on the character of an unchanging God. God’s steadfast love yields a steadfast heart . . . for His glory.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let Your glory be over all the earth! (Psalm 57:11 ESV)