Psalm 57 resonates with the profound emotions of the psalmist who seeks refuge in a cave, symbolic of life’s hardships. While the psalm opens with a desperate cry for God's mercy in the face of danger, it transitions into a euphoric song of praise, celebrating God’s faithfulness. The psalmist not only finds solace in the "shadow of [God's] wings" but also an assurance that God will fulfill His purposes for him. The atmosphere of the psalm shifts from darkness to light, from peril to praise, encapsulating the transformative power of divine intervention. Psalm 57 vividly portrays the balance of calling upon God in desperation and honoring Him in exaltation, making it an eloquent declaration of God's sustaining grace in the rollercoaster of human experience.

Psalms 57

1  (To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.) Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

2  I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

3  He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

4  My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

5  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

6  They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

7  My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

8  Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

9  I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

10  For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

11  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

End of Psalms 57

1 Year Plan:  May 17 - 2 Sa 24, 1 Kgs 1,  Ps 57 [next day]

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