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.
Have you ever been in a situation where somebody was out to get you? You had not done anything wrong or done anything to them…but for whatever reason, they had it in for you? Sadly, others believe their lies, even some people you thought to be your friends.
Unfortunately, we do encounter such situations in which somebody has determined to defame or hurt us. They tell lies, spread gossip, and plot against us. Our downfall becomes their entertainment. Our destruction is their sport. I’ve had it happen to me and most likely you have had a brush with such individuals in your life.
Such attacks are painful. It hurts deeply when people falsely accuse, makeup lies, and spread rumors about you. The venomous fire of backbiting spreads quickly and it can leave you hurt, discouraged, and broken.
In Psalm 59, David speaks of those who were plotting against him. He describes them as “evildoers” and “bloodthirsty men,” (v2) who conspired against him even though he had not done anything wrong. (v3,4) They made up lies about him (v9,13) and they would not be satisfied until they had destroyed him. (v13) Sound familiar?
The introduction to Psalm 59 gives us more insight into David’s plight. We are told that it was an occasion when “Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.” Then in verse 1 we are told of how David responded to the conspiracy. He takes his case to God. “Deliver me from my enemies, O God; protect me from those who rise up against me.”
First Thing to Do When Someone is Out to Get You
When you find yourself threatened by people who are plotting against you without cause, your first step of action should be to take your concern to God. David called upon God for deliverance and protection. Often our first reaction is a verbal or physical battle with the enemy. That seldom settles anything and in most cases will only fuel the fire. Make your first resort…God. Make God your “fortress” of protection. Make God your “refuge in times of trouble.”
In God’s presence we gain a new perspective. Despite his ordeal David was still able to sing and praise God. In today’s focus scripture he declares, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love.” David could sing because he knew he was not facing this frightening situation on his own. His close personal relationship with God had taught him he could rely on God’s strength and love no matter how difficult the circumstance. The ever present reality of God’s help in his time of need lifted his spirits, provided hope, and resulted in worship. When you are weakened by the enemies of life you will find strength in the arms of your loving God.
Notice that David was praising God in the midst of his ordeal. We often wait until the storm has passed to lift our hearts in gratitude and praise to God. David had learned to praise while the battle was raging. Despite the way things looked and felt he knew that God had everything under control. Faith and trust in God enable us to sing His praises when we don’t feel like it.
When Someone is Out to Get You Take Refuge in the Lord
It is also important to notice that David vowed to sing to God “in the morning.” Possibly he had in mind that God would protect him through the night and that his enemy would not have their way with him. With God’s help he would survive to see another day. That is certainly a possibility. But we also learn from David’s writings that it was his custom to start each day with God. Before he encountered the challenges of his day, David had an appointment with God where he gained strength, knowledge, wisdom, and loving reassurance. I know of no better time or way of nurturing a close personal relationship with God than to meet with Him every morning. We make appointments for many things but what could be more important than meeting with God?
The greatest way to face life’s enemies is take refuge in God. See the battle from His perspective. Fight your enemy with God’s wisdom and power. Don’t rely on your strength but on — His strength. There is no greater way to fend off the assault of an evil enemy than through the power of prayer while taking refuge in the arms of your loving God. Go ahead and start singing to Him now for your victory.
For more on this topic, check out this article: God Is Always There When You Need Him
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.