Summary: Psalm 57 (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Psalm 57 verses 1-11
• England’s most famous outlaw, has to be the legendary hero of the 12th-century;
• The courteous, swashbuckling outlaw Robin Hood.
• Who, in modern versions of the legend,
• Is famous for his robbing the rich to feed the poor & fighting against injustice & tyranny.
• He operates with his "seven score"
• (140 strong) group of fellow outlawed yeomen;
• Named the Merry Men for their famed jollity
• Who were based in hideouts in Sherwood Forest and Barnsdale Forest.
• The chief nemesis of the Merry Men is the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham;
• Who is overtaxing the people into poverty,
• And in some tales the villain is Prince John,
• Based on John of England.
In this our last study on King David:
• He like Robin Hood is forced to live as an outlaw (this would last for at least 10 years);
• He is not hiding in Sherwood Forest but in caves (Adullum or En-gedi Judean desert)
• He was not fleeing from prince John of England, but King Saul of Israel;
• A man consumed by jealousy and he is also mentally unstable.
While David was on the run as an outlaw with a price on his head:
• He wrote a couple of Psalms that detail his feelings;
• Notice it has a title:
• We can learn three things from the title.
(1). It went to a well known tune.
To the tune of "Do Not Destroy."
• I believe this information is more than just what tune you can sing the song to;
• It is a phrase that is found in other Old Testament scriptures:
• For example in Isaiah chapter 65 verse 8;
• The Lord quotes a song sung by workers in the vineyards:
'As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and men say, "Don't destroy it, there is yet some good in it," so will I do on behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all.'
• Perhaps in Psalm 57, David felt like discarded cluster of grapes;
• After all to King Saul his life has no value.
• Yet, David knows that there is still ‘good in it yet’;
• In other words he reminds his readers (and God) that his life is well worth preserving.
(2). It contains a secret.
• It is called a ‘Miktam’.
• This word's possible meaning of 'hidden' or 'covered',
• It really is apt for David, who at the time was hiding in the cave of Adullam.
• David is literally saying; “When I was secretly hiding, I discovered a secret”.
“The difference between private enterprise and government?
The formulas for making Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken are still secrets.
Information on how to make a hydrogen bomb can be found in any library”
• David discovered a secret, a ‘Miktam’; only this secret is for sharing!
• And in this Psalm he shares with us that discovery.
(3). It was in a time of conflict.
“When he had to fled from Saul into the cave.”
• It is one of the few psalms that gives us a clear picture;