Morning devotion: Read Psalm 59
Psalms 59:1 ¶<<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.>> Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. 3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. 4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. 5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. 6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
After reading about David’s experience in I Samuel 19, you will understand the background of this Psalm. David, once again, was being sought by King Saul. He had a stake-out on David’s home. David was trapped. However, God had other plans. David’s wife Michal (Saul’s daughter) let him down the outside wall and then made an image in his bed so they thought is was David sleeping there.
In verse 3-4 David prays to the Lord exclaiming his innocence. “the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault:” He did nothing wrong. God had anointed David king in Saul’s stead. Saul hated David for his relationship with the Lord and the status God had given him. Saul was out for death.
Sometimes those who are righteous, suffer simply because they are righteous. Jesus suffered, doing no wrong and being without sin. Yet he suffered at the hands of the unsaved and wicked world. People will belittle and berate you because you are clean and they are not. You may be ridiculed and despised in your righteousness. In those instances, rejoice, because you are innocent and Jesus is glorified.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Jesus is the answer to righteousness. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The choice is still yours, Pastor Cook