Blogging the Bible Day 137: Psalms 57-59

One idea caught my attention in these Psalms and it appears at the very beginning of Psalm 57 and again at the very end of Psalm 59.

It is the idea of God as our refuge. Almost daily I speak with people who are going through distress…distress may be too mild of a term as to what is going on in many lives. I don’t believe the Bible guarantees immediate or even eventual delivery from that distress as long as our residence is in this sinful world. But what the Bible does guarantee and what I do believe is absolute truth in that distress as long as it lasts the Lord will be our refuge and through it all the constant in this refuge will be His “steadfast love.”

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. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! -Psalm 57:1-3

For you have been to me a fortress
    and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
    for you, O God, are my fortress,
    the God who shows me steadfast love. -Psalm 59:16b, 17

Next Reading: Jeremiah 37-41 (Remember I already did Job 39 & 40 with a previous day)


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