Summary: Psalm 57 (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
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;
• Of where David was physically when this Psalm was being written (hiding in a cave)
• A telemarketer called a home one day,
• And a small voice whispered, “Hello?”
• “Hello! What’s your name?”
• Still whispering, the voice said, “Jimmy.”
• “How old are you, Jimmy?”
• “I’m four.”
• “Good, Is your mother home?”
• “Yes, but she’s busy.”
• “Okay, is your father home?”
• “He’s busy too.”
• “I see, who else is there?”
• “The police.”
• “The police? May I speak with one of them?”
• “They’re busy.”
• “Any other grown-ups there?”
• “The firemen.”
• “May I speak with a fireman, please?”
• “They’re all busy.”
• “Jimmy, all those people in your house, and I can’t talk with any of them?
• What are they doing?”
• Again Jimmy whispered;
• “Looking for me!”
• Well in Psalm 57:
• David is in hiding & King Saul is out looking for him.
• Physically David may be hiding in a Cave;
• Spiritually he was hiding in God!
• I want to highlight just four verses from Psalm 57 to illustrate that truth.
• That physically David may be hiding in a Cave; but spiritually he was hiding in God!
(1). The shadow of God's wings (vs1): confidence
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
Twice in verse 1 David asks God for mercy: