This psalm was written by David as he was being pursued by King Saul. The king perceived him to be a threat and was doing everything he knew to get rid of David. So, David was on the run. This psalm was set to the music of a song called, “Do Not Destroy.”
As I read that, I had to wonder what the tune or words to this song were like. Was it easily sung? Was it one that would make the top ten list of best religious songs for the year? How often was it sung and by whom?
Music is one of the most controversial areas of many churches. People have quit churches because they no longer sing the old gyms. People have quit churches because they do. People have left churches because the music is too loud. People have left because it’s too soft, or because the room is too light or too dark or too cold or too hot during the worship time.
Psalm 57 is a song that David wrote reflecting his heart and mind as he was being pursued. It has been recorded for all of eternity. It is a song that we can sing today. It isn’t one of the old hymns. It isn’t one of the new worship tunes. It is David’s plea on paper.
Too often the question we ask about music is whether or not we like it. That’s the wrong question. The question is whether or not we need it.
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me—God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.” Psalm 57:1-3
How I thank You, Father, that You hear me no matter what I am facing. I can take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.