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God Goes Before Us

Psalm 59:10 (ESV) … “My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.”

We discover in Psalm 59 that God would not only take care of David, but He would also confront David’s enemies and deal with them. If David’s requests seem brutal and not in the spirit of Christ, keep in mind that Israel’s future and the future of David’s chosen dynasty were both at stake. This was not a personal crusade on David’s part, for he asked God to fight the enemy for him. This is the same thought we discover in the New Testament (Rom. 12:17–21).

When it comes to facing and fighting the enemy, the Lord goes before us (v. 10). The mercy (lovingkindness) of the Lord would go before David and prepare the way for victory, just as when David killed the giant Goliath.

Also, the Lord fights for us (vv. 11–13a) by scattering the enemy, causing them to wander and bringing their attack to a halt. The Lord is our Shield who can protect us in any battle (3:3; 18:2; Gen. 15:1; Deut. 33:29), but we must make a distinction here. David was willing that God destroy the Gentile nations and thus reveal His great power (v. 13), for God’s victories bear witness to those who don’t know Him.

However, he asked God not to kill Saul and his men with some sudden judgment, but to allow their own sins to catch up with them and consume them gradually. This would be a strong witness and a warning to the people of Israel and teach them lessons they could learn no other way. God’s victories glorify His great name (v. 13b) and magnify the name of the Lord to the ends of the earth (Ex. 9:16; Deut. 28:9–10; Josh. 4:23–24; 1 Sam. 17:46; 1 Kings 8:42–43). Finally, the Lord gives us a song (vv. 16–17) and even before the victory, we praise Him for who He is and what He does!

The night of danger is never enjoyable, but we have His “mercy in the morning” (v. 16, kjv) because His love and compassion are “new every morning” (Lam. 3:22–23).[1]

[1] Wiersbe, W. W. (2004). Be worshipful (1st ed., pp. 205–206). Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries.

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