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  • Psalm Fifty Seven

    Have mercy on me, oh God,
    I need Your mercy on my soul,
    for I am weak. Let my soul
    trust in You, let me hide
    beneath Your protection
    until these troubles are behind me.
    I will lift prayers to You, oh God,
    I will trust in You to save me,
    as You have saved me in the past.
    Your angels and Your word will save me.
    Think about this.

    I am surrounded by hungry lions,
    like Daniel in the den,
    I am surrounded by zealots,
    men who seek to torture and kill me,
    men who speak lies against me.

    I will praise my God, the true God,
    I will praise His name above all the earth.
    They plot against me, Lord,
    and I am afraid,
    they have prepared a trap for me, Lord,
    a trap that You will use to trap them.
    Think about this.

    My heart is loyal, oh God, my heart is true,
    I will sing Your psalms, I will praise Your name.
    I will awaken every morning with psaltery and harp,
    I will awaken early each day to write and sing praises to You.
    I will praise you, Lord, among the people,
    I will sing of your greatness and glory for the world to hear.
    For Your mercy is unmeasured and eternal,
    Your truth is there for all to see.
    You will be praised by all the nations of the earth,
    the earth will know Your glory and give You praise.

    "I Am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending," saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. - Revelation 1:8 [KJV]

    David is hiding out in a cave, and the forces of Saul and other nations are looking for him. Saul's lies are so vile and mean the troops are in a frenzy. Saul has cried "Havoc" and set loose the Dogs of War. In later Roman times, for a commander to do so was to order the annihilation of the enemy, the complete and utter genocide of a people. Troops were no longer bound by the "rules" of war. This was a last resort command, and the commander giving it had better have a damn good reason to do so.

    It might not be unfair to compare Saul to Stalin at this point. Both men started out with good intentions, both men were trying to save their nations and make better lives for their people. But somewhere along the line something snapped. Stalin is thought to have been a Paranoid Schizophrenic, which may account for the number of people either murdered outright or sent to the gulags. Saul may well be suffering from the same delusions, for you are either with him or against him, and if you were against him, your expected lifespan took a dramatic decrease.

    So David is in real fear for his life and the lives of his followers. The are outnumbered and isolated from help at every turn. God has promised him victory and he is trying to remain loyal to God's word. It isn't easy to do in the face of all that opposition. So once again, David prays.

    You get the point, don't you?

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