Enemies and Exaltation

Psalm 57 contains more discussion about David’s attitude in the presence of his enemies. David is surely not happy about having enemies…who is? However, David seems to understand where his protection comes from. Let’s read the beginning paragraph: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You;  And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.” David knows to take shelter under the “wings” of God, an expression of God’s protection…God doesn’t really have wings! David also writes this: “My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.” In the midst of the enemy David knows he is in the midst of God. He can worship God, exalt God, even though he is being hunted down like prey for a pack of lions. There is really no time in our lives when God is not worthy of exaltation. In fact, it is when we exalt God in the midst of our enemies that we often see and hear God in an intimate way. When you find yourself in the midst of the lion’s den, don’t forget to lift up your hands to God and exalt Him. He is still worthy of your worship


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