My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. Psalm 57:7-11
The Psalmist is rejoicing in decisions he made and followed through on. Isn’t that how we feel when we make a great decision, one that we know will improve our lives? Making a good decision increases hope for the future. Following through requires a fixed heart, sometimes called a decided heart.
It is often during difficult times that we make life-changing decisions. The trials strengthen our hearts and determination increases to follow through. Psalm 57, verses 7 through 11 overflow with determination and hope and praise. Those verses ring victory. Better said: Those verses sing victory! They light a fire within.
As Christian women, we want to live victorious lives. Unfortunately, victory is only possible after battle. Why was David so psyched in the verses above? The first six verses of Psalm 57:
(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. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 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. 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. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 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.
David is in difficult circumstances. (How is that for understatement?) I like this Psalm because while he is in the throes of battle, he continues speaking truth to himself. He asks God for mercy and deliverance, and assures God that he trusts Him. God knows whether we do or not, but David sets this example of proclamation. David communicates his knowledge that these problems will pass. He is meditative. He is frightened, yet knows that God will deliver him by His mercy and truth. David’s faith remains strong. As the Psalm continues, his song increases in faith and praise. This Psalm is a great Psalm for today. Most of us have struggles that are of a personal nature and there are struggles we share with the world, because of the world.
The truths of Psalm 57 are vast. Take note that the word “Selah” is found twice in it and not at the end. Its placement reminds me that the words are worthy of reflection, that God wants me to pause and consider; Psalm 57 must be important to my life.
David was a man, a king, with struggles. He struggled with sin. His children were at odds with him. A man that he faithfully served – King Saul – hated him enough to kill him. Yet David sang. He rejoiced and he meditated upon Scripture. The Bible describes him as a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22) In truth, reading 1 Samuel, we learn that this was the kind of man God looked for to replace Saul.
Ladies, we all struggle, but the principle concern of God is that we follow hard after Him. God is looking for women that are after His heart. Following after God brings peace that we know is miraculous and supernatural; isn’t that what we are looking for?
No doubt, David struggled, but he matured in his life. I challenge you, as I do myself, not to compare your life to the lives of other Christians that you know. Don’t compare yourself to David. I would not challenge you to compare your life today with the life of Christ. We know how that will go. I challenge you to compare your life today with your life yesterday, a year ago. Are you walking closer to the Father than you were in the past? Selah. Think on Scripture; consider yourself. Are you making progress?
These are difficult times, so today I will end with another Bible verse, because it encourages me and makes me feel stronger because I imagine possibilities and promises. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. Psalm 60:12
Be valiant women for God, because He is our strength!