PRAISE AND REST
Most Bibles have a heading for this Psalm with a title something like; To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:…. This Psalm is in stark contrast to Psalm 11 we posted a few days ago when David was running for his life. Then he was seeking refuge and rest, now that he has it he is praising God for it.
It can be broken down this way:
v.1-3 blessing God for all he has done
v.4-19 declares the mercies God has shown
v.20-24 declares God’s righteousness
v.25-29 declares his joy in knowing the Lord helps the righteous
v.31–36 describes the defeat of his enemies
v. 37–42 describes his rising up over them
v. 43–45 Praises God for rescuing and exalting him
v. 46–50 and ends the psalm by proclaiming God’s faithfulness to the Davidic royal line
When those “difficult times” in life have past what is the first thing you do? I hope we can all be like David and find rest AFTER we Praise the Lord for v.32 equipping me with strength and made my way blameless.