Psalm 57

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me – 
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts –
men 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.

They spread a net for my feet –
    I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path –
    but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

 

My heart is steadfast. Is my heart steadfast? My steadfast heart is…. what? I like this word. For me it paints a picture of safety when someone is being described as steadfast. Someone who doesn’t waver, who always has your back, a dependable rock. Can I describe my heart as such? The NKJV uses the word fixed here and Strong’s dictionary describes this word as meaning something that is established, secure, stable, enduring, firm. All perfect descriptions of God. But of my heart? Probably not always. Yet it makes sense, doesn’t it, that if our heart was fully steadfast towards the Lord, it might make our attitude in the midst of adversity different? And I think that’s what David is perhaps finding here.

Questions for thought and discussion: 

  • On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being fully so and 1 not at all), how steadfast is your heart in the Lord today?
  • How can we help our young people to fix their hearts on and in Jesus?