THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 59
“Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules!” (Psalm 59:13)
This song reminds me of the slave songs (‘negro spirituals’).
They had no hope (humanly speaking) and endured unspeakable horror.
Their only hope was to escape from this life…
‘Swing low, sweet chariot, gonna come and bring me home!’
David prays for protection (“refuge”) and justice (“show no mercy”).
From where I sit, I cannot relate to David’s cry, nor to the slave songs.
But their spirit of hope despite terrible circumstances inspires me.
All through history victims of cruelty and injustice have cried out to God.
David wants the world to know there IS a God (v.11,13)!
Jesus came to remind us that there is a God, a God of justice and mercy!
Jesus demonstrated the love of God, through compassion for the oppressed.
Jesus demonstrated the love of God, through rebuke of the oppressors.
Jesus demonstrated the love of God, dying for sin to rescue us all from Satan’s grip!
If only the world knew THIS God, cruelty and oppression would end!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, show Yourself to those who are oppressed, that they may be strengthened. Show Yourself to those who oppress, that they may be humbled!