Thursday, 23 July 2020
Title: God’s Steadfast Love, Faithfulness and Glory
By: Hon Sir Neng
The recent pandemic has taken a toll on the whole world. In the past week (or few days), the number of cases in Malaysia seem to be rising. This sudden spike certainly scares us and drives us to fear. “What if the government reinforces MCO?” Thoughts like these have certainly crept into our minds. But today let us read Psalm 57 and hear David’s plea before God while hiding in a cave from Saul.
In the first section, from verses 1-5, we see David crying out to God for help. In crying out to God, he acknowledges God’s mercy and God as his place of refuge (v1). David trusts in God even in the midst of his trouble, while running away from Saul! In trusting God, he trusts in God’s will in fulfilling His purposes in his life (v2). It is worth noting that David was being surrounded by many who were seeking to destroy him. As verse 4 indicates that he was in the midst of lions and the children of man with descriptions that shows their destructive power!
David has such faith in God that even amidst his trouble, He has nothing to fear! Because God is his refuge and His love is steadfast and faithful! Above all these, he says in verse 5 “be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth!”. David looked towards God in faith, knowing that God is still exalted even in the midst of his trouble and sorrows. He acknowledged the greatness of God’s glory in these moments!
Moving on to the next section, David further describes those pursuing him. Verse 6 shows us how he is being preyed on. However, they fail as they try to prey on him but get into trouble themselves! Nonetheless, David took this opportunity to praise God even in the midst of all these (v8-9). He gives thanks to God and sings praises to Him among the nations (v9). He does so because of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness (v10).
Interestingly, this section ends with verse 11 saying “be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” David ends this psalm with these sentences to acknowledge God’s glory that is displayed through His steadfast love and faithfulness. Why is David so “optimistic”, even in the midst of his troubles? This is because he trusts in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. He is also certain that God’s glory is displayed through His steadfast love and faithfulness.
The question for us today is this: do we acknowledge God’s steadfast love and faithfulness during our troubled times? Even while hiding inside a cave from Saul, David trusted in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. He even acknowledged that God will be glorified through it, even if things do not go the way he expects it to.
In the New Testament, we see Christ, the True King and the Son of David, suffering just as David did. He was abandoned on the cross. The only difference is that Christ died for sinful people who did not deserve His grace. Nonetheless, we see Christ who placed His trust completely in the Father’s hand in sending Him to the cross and acknowledged that His glorification is done through the most humiliating way. The True King’s act of trust and acknowledgement of the Father’s steadfast love and faithfulness gives us hope and life eternal. Furthermore, it also helps us see how God is glorified.
As we reflect on these points, let this psalm direct us to look to Christ for all He did as mentioned above. As we pray, may we look to God trusting and acknowledging His steadfast love and faithfulness towards us in the midst of our own troubles. Let us ask God to turn our eyes towards His glory rather than all the troubles in this world, because He is steadfast and faithful.