Be Gracious to me, O God!

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

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!

(Psa 57:1-3) ESV

NASB Translates the first words here which doubled the first words in verse 56,

חָנֵּ֤נִי אֱלֹהִ֨ים ׀ חָנֵּ֗נִי

“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me.” (NASB)

Chapters 56 and 57 have similar contexts when the Philistines seized him in Gath (56) and when he fled from Saul, in the cave (57).

David’s response in times of trouble is not to worry but to cry for the LORD’s mercy and grace. חָנַן chânan is the first word that came out of his mouth in prayer. He knows that His Covenant LORD’s grace is His refuge.

Upon arriving at the airport yesterday. I was almost filled with anxiety when I saw the canceled/delayed flights. Some of our brethren’s flights were canceled. What’s going to happen when our flight is canceled? Some brethren didn’t make it there because of sickness. But it dawned on me that I need to pray for God is in control. I should trust Him. Worrying won’t make things better. It’s God’s providence. I must cling to His gracious providence.

The throne of mercy/grace is our only safe haven when we face difficult circumstances in this sinful world.

David trusts His life in the gracious God who accomplishes His purpose because He is faithful for the sake of His glory and for the good of His people.

In times of trouble, may these also be the words that flow from our unsettled hearts. God is gracious. We can trust Him. Let’s settle our hearts upon God’s steadfast love.

To God be the glory!

Published by Jeff Chavez

Sinner saved by grace

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