Molly King

March 20, 2017

Today's Passage: Psalm 54

Hi! My name is Molly King. The coolest thing about me might be my dog. His name is Slinky Dogg. Before he came to live with me, he lived on the streets, hence the D-O-double G.

My goal each day is to be less like a crazy dog mom and more like a child of God. I learned how to develop a daily habit of abiding with the Lord in Equipped Disciple, where I am privileged to walk with others as we all learn and practice the foundations of the faith.

Psalm 54

The Lord Upholds My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil [1] of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

54:1 O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers [2] have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 54:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 54:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum insolent men (compare Psalm 86:14)

Key Verse:

Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
(Psalm 54:4)

Central Truth:

God wants to meet us in our desperation and our wilderness, but not only then. He wants to teach us how we can be calm in the center of chaos by abiding with Him.

"BEHOLD . . . ," "BUT GOD . . ." <BR/> TO-MAY-TO, TO-MAH-TO

Truth be told, I love prose and struggle with poetry. Give me a 700-page tome; I’m a happy girl. But give me a sonnet, and you’ll likely hear my audible groan. But God, in His mercy, has transformed my heart for the Psalms . . . well, some of them. It’s a process. My two favorite words in the Bible are “But God,” and are found throughout the Psalms. They bring encouragement, which is why I circle them each time. These words indicate something remarkable is coming. God is about to show up and revolutionize someone’s day.

David wrote this psalm while he was running from Saul in the wilderness. The historical account is in 1 Samuel 23:7-29. David’s desperation is clear in Psalm 54:1-3. Words like “save me,” “vindicate me,” “give ear to the words of my mouth,” and “ruthless men seek my life” may as well be in SHOUTY CAPS.

At verse 4 David takes a long, slow breath. “Behold . . .” (the New Living Translation uses “But God”). David knows who his Protector is. He spent years cultivating his relationship with and being pruned by God. God called David “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). David knew he would be delivered from trouble (Psalm 54:7), because God had delivered him before. Even though his earthly future was uncertain, he was confident that his prayer was being heard. He took comfort in this nearness to God; he abided with God.

In times of trouble, what do you go back to? The world provides many things that seem to offer support: distraction or busyness, alcohol, self-help blogs or books, or any number of other ineffective coping strategies. These are all flimsy under the weight of the world. When I’m hurting or scared, I’m prone to blame, isolationism, and self-pity (it’s okay—I don’t expect you to understand). I pursued the Christian life for 13 years before I began to understand abiding. Being immersed in His Word daily, I have seen God hone my spiritual arsenal, adding to it faith, obedience, trust, and patience. He wants the same for you.

Discussion Questions:

1. In times of trouble, what do you go back to? If it’s anything other than the truth of the Word of God, have you found it flimsy and unreliable?

2. Have you ever wondered how to have consistent time with the Lord that is more reliable than fits and starts? Will you commit to joining us at Equipped Disciple on Wednesday mornings, Thursday evenings, or Monday morning (for ladies)?

3. What is your favorite phrase in the Bible? Why is it meaningful to you? Who can you share your phrase and its meaning with today? 


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