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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 59

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: Prayer and Praise for God's Help (v 1-17)

Psalms 59 Commentary

(59:1-8) Changeless Love - Vile people curse God as if he cannot hear and will not respond. But God scoffs at them. Evil people live as if God cannot see and will not punish them. But God watches patiently until the day when their deeds will rise up to accuse them. As believers, we must be careful not to follow the same foolish practices as evil people. We must remember that God hears and sees all we do. David was hunted by those whose love had turned to jealousy, and this was driving them to try to murder him. David trusted friends and even his mentor, the king, who had turned against him. What changeless love! But David knew that God's love for him was changeless: "His mercy endureth forever" (1 Chronicles 16:34). God's mercy to all who trust him is just as permanent as his mercy to David. When the love of others fails or disappoints us, we can rest in God's everlasting love.

(59:16) The Lord is Our Defense - Throughout this psalm, David describes in grim detail the behavior of his enemies. He conveys his own feelings of dread with the desperation and despair that he sees in the lives of those who want to harm him. What a delight, then, to read in this final section about God's role in David's life as a defense, a refuge, and a source of mercy. David had learned to turn negative circumstances into reminders of God's faithful presence. What stresses in your life might be transformed today if you made them a starting point for praising God?

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Feeling Safe

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 59. Today's text shows a theme of Praying and Praising God for His Saving Help. We see our place of safety in a wicked world is God's constant Love. In making application, we see our world is increasing in its wickedness. Watching the evening news makes one fearful as we see a world far from God. The key to feeling safe is a life of Prayer and Praising God for His Saving Help. Understanding our Lord is in control brings peace to our lives. How about you? Do you feel safe in an unsafe world? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today as David gives us the key to feeling safe in a treacherous world: our Prayer and Praise to the all-powerful, almighty God.


Psalm 59

Psalm 59

 1Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.

 2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.

 3For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.

 4They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.

 5Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.

 6They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.

 7Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

 8But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

 9Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

 10The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.

 11Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

 12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.

 13Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.

 14And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.

 15Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.

 16But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

 17Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.