Psalm 59 – My Fortress

King Saul grew insanely jealous of David because of David's success and the praise people heaped upon him. Before long, Saul made plans to murder David. Eventually Saul's daughter Michal, who was also David's wife, helped David escape (1 Samuel 19).

King Saul grew insanely jealous of David because of David’s success and the praise people heaped upon him. Before long, Saul made plans to murder David. Eventually Saul’s daughter Michal, who was also David’s wife, helped David escape (1 Samuel 19).

According to the superscription, this is another psalm sung to the tune of “Do not destroy.” It also says that it was written at the time when Saul sent men to watch his house to kill him (this occurred in 1 Samuel 19). The psalm fits with that time in his life, if for no other reason, because of his claims of innocence from sin for these events. Verses 3-4 say that they lie in wait and “for no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord, for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.”

Verses 8-10 demonstrate David’s trust in the Lord through all of this, as he says that God laughs at them, and proclaims Him as his fortress in His steadfast love. David then asks God not to kill them because the people would just soon forget. Instead, he wants them subdued so that their punishment can serve as an example to his people.  The verses about them wandering about for food, but not getting their fill are allusions to the comparison he made of them to howling dogs in verse 14. David himself is the prey they seek. But David is unafraid and again promises to sing of God’s strength – his fortress.

Read or listen to audio of ESV version of this selection from this link.

/Bob’s boy
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some images © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers

Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  

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