Psalm 59:16 (NIV)
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.
This is a beautiful excerpt from Psalm 59. David wrote this Psalm when King Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him. If you read the entire Psalm, you will see the context is a plea for deliverance from his enemies. It is a petition for God to deal with his enemies and to bring consequences for their evil intent. But at the end of his prayer, David sings praise and thanksgiving to God for His power, love, and protection. Look at Verses 16-17:
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.
17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
Though I find little eloquence in this Psalm (much of the tone is harsh to me), I do find a zealous message of reliance upon God … a sense of dependence upon God … and a profession of faith and trust in His vindication. My observation is that David sees God in control of the situations he faces, and he trusts God to protect him. David praises God because He is reliable and faithful to meet his needs. So while the passage does not have great theological weight, it does convey two important aspects of how to exercise our faith: Prayer and Praise!
So when you come under duress or under attack … when you face physical, emotional, or spiritual battles … find a quiet place to get still before God and ask Him to deliver you. Share with God your concerns … your feelings … your hurts … your needs. Then humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care (anxieties) upon Him, for He cares for you. (Cf. 1 Peter 5:6-7) And then remember to praise Him. Praise Him because He is your fortress … your place of refuge. Praise Him because He is your strength. You can rely upon Him to bring you through the situation you face! For Jesus Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So you can boldly say: “The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Cf. Hebrews 13:5-6) Oh my friend, you CAN trust Him! God has your back … and He loves you far beyond all you can imagine or conceive….
I am thankful that David was transparent and shared his own personal experiences for us. His writings enable us to draw upon the inspiration God imparted to him. I hope each of us will endeavor to seek God with the same boldness that David did. You might just be surprised at what honest prayer and joyful praise might do for your life…. Maybe we just need to realize it could be a great time to reset our mindset! I pray we will … and that we will submit to what God has desired to do in us and for us all since the foundation of the earth … enjoy oneness with Him.