Psalm 59:1-2 (JDV)
Psalm 59:1 Rescue me from my enemies, my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.
Psalm 59:2 Rescue me from those who practice failure, and save me from men of bloodshed.
I generally don’t remember events in detail, but there is an exception. I remember crisis moments where my life was in danger, or I had a feeling of immanent danger. When I was overseas as a missionary, I remember a night when I felt rebels were going to invade my house and take me and my family hostage. I remember the sights and sounds, and the fears.
David was having one of those crisis moments. His prayer for rescue from people with bloodshed on their minds was not hyperbole. He was literally in danger, and only God could rescue him.
If you have never had such a crisis moment, I can’t say that you are fortunate. Our kingdom faith is empowered by such moments, because in them we learn to rely upon God for our rescue. Also, the more we take a stand for God, the more we can expect to be tested to measure the quality of that commitment.
Lord, prepare us for life’s crisis moments, by teaching us to trust you every moment.