Psalm 57 is a Psalm written of David that according to the prescription was written when he fled from Saul and hid in the cave, probably referring to 1 Samuel 22 or 24. The Psalm begins with David crying out for mercy, that God what protect him. (vs. 1-2). He then moves into confidence knowing that God in fact will come down from Heaven and not only rescue him, but disgrace his enemies (v. 3). I love the fact that David cry’s out to God, not neglecting prayer and still expecting something to happen, but longs for God’s mercy, and knows that God will hear him and take action.
David then gives some poetic ways of describing his circumstances (vs. 4-6) by stating he’s surrounded by fierce lions who desire to devour him, that his enemies have set a trap to ensnare him, but ends with although they have dug the pit for him, it is they who have fallen into the trap.
What would your response be in a life threatening situation such as David’s? Better yet, what would your response be in a trivial difficulty in comparison? Would it be to complain? Murmur? Point the finger at God? What is David’s response? Unashamed praise to God! Psalm 57:7-11 (NLT):