King David’s early years as king were anything but ideal. Anointed by Samuel, David donned no royal robe, sat on no ornate throne. Rather, he returned to the fields as a shepherd boy. Then came his most famous moment, when with a single sling and stone he killed Goliath the giant. Saul, the sitting king, became insanely jealous. David ran for his life. Into a cave.
Psalm 57 is written while David is looking at the dark walls of a cave. There is no palace, no servants, no acoutrements fit for a king. He’s running for his life, not running the kingdom. Out of that cave David writes:
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,for in you my soul takes refuge;in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,till the storms of destruction pass by.I cry out to God Most High,to God who fulfills his purpose for me.He will send from heaven and save me;he will put to shame him who tramples on me. SelahGod will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! (Psalm 57:1-3, ESV)
My soul is in the midst of lions;I lie down amid fiery beasts—the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,whose tongues are sharp swords.Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!Let your glory be over all the earth! (Psalm 57:4-5, ESV)
They set a net for my steps;my soul was bowed down.They dug a pit in my way,but they have fallen into it themselves. SelahMy heart is steadfast, O God,my heart is steadfast!I will sing and make melody!Awake, my glory!Awake, O harp and lyre!I will awake the dawn!I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;I will sing praises to you among the nations.For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,your faithfulness to the clouds. (Psalm 57:6-10, ESV)