Psalm 58 and 59 … Consider the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me…
16 
But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning…
(59:1, 16).

This morning I was struck with His inseparable nature; and I was once again reminded that everything about Him is wholly consistent and fully complete. His does not just have Strength; He does not just give Love. He does not merely act in Strength or in Love. Every characteristic describing Him is more than mere words depicting some facet of Him; these qualities are actually Who He is.

He is Our Security because He is Immutable. He is our Strength because He is Omnipotent. He extends His Lovingkindness because He is Love.

“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed,” (Malachi 3:6).

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him, (1 John 4:16).

David was ever the prey of wicked predators, ever hunted and ever in great need. Great need drives us. It drove David, right to his knees before his God. David knew his situation, he knew the might of the enemies he faced, but more importantly, he knew the Security and Strength of his God. How? David was in a Love relationship, so convinced of God’s Love for him, that David was convinced God would act on his behalf; that God would answer him with the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness.

My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.
(59:10).

Consider the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness

  • By the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness, He delivers us.
    • Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
      Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me,
      (59:1).
  • In the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness, He is our stronghold.
    • Because of his strength I will watch for You,
      For God is my stronghold,
      (59:9).
  • Within the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness, He meets us.
    • My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
      God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes,
      (59:10).
  • Through the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness, He prepares our place of rescue.
    • …For You have been my stronghold
      And a refuge in the day of my distress,
      (59:16).

How do we respond to the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness?

He is our Deliverer and our Stronghold Who lovingly draws us to meet Him in the place of rescue prepared for us in Christ. What else could we possibly need?

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (Galatians 1:3-4)

But we should ask ourselves, where do we turn in our distressing needs? This is a most appropriate time to ask, for we live in a time of great need. Great need can usher in feelings of helplessness. And helplessness drives us to seek help. Are we looking for help in any means other than the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness?

There will be times when we can become overly concerned with the evil and injustices of life; but God’s manner and timing of His judgment are up to Him. We certainly must pray that unrighteousness will be stopped, but we also must choose to rest in the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness, and leave the outcome to Him.

Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods?
Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men? …
O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord,
(58:1, 6).

 You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations…
(59:5).

the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, (2 Peter 2:9).

I confess, I have a difficult time with some of David’s prayers regarding his enemies. But in those times, I remind myself who the real enemy is; and he is not flesh and blood. When we remember who our struggle is really against, asking God to shatter the enemy befits the need.

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 6:12).

He is the Only Judge qualified to judge mankind. The day is coming when our faith will be rewarded. Until that day, let us pray for the lost as we trust judgment to Him.

And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”
(58:11).

While it is true that our adversary, the devil, is strong, he is no match for our God. When we feel we are overpowered, let us quickly turn our eyes to the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness, knowing we will be protected in Him.

 Because of his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold.
(58:9).

No matter our need, He is able. He is Immutable; He is Strength; He is Love. And there is Security in His truth. Oh may our faith soar, that we would begin each day praising Him for the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness.

 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness,
(59:16-16).

Let us pray that He would grow us in our Love relationship with Him, that we, like David, will have unshakable confidence in His love and care, to be persuaded by what we know about Him rather than our circumstances. Oh, may we too boldly proclaim our faith; our God will act on our behalf to meet us in the Security and Strength of His Lovingkindness.

My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.
(59:10).

Let’s Grow Together!

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