Is Your Heart Steadfast Before the Lord?
Staying Focused on God and Giving Him Praise Daily
by J.M. Troppello
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. (Psalm 57:7, NKJV)
Is your heart steadfast before God? That’s a question I need to ask myself every now and then. This verse from Psalm 57 is a good reminder to make sure your heart is steadfast before the Lord – through all of life’s trials, stresses, and temptations.
Psalm 57 is a Psalm of David. It is titled: Prayer for Safety from Enemies. David hid in caves twice. Once in Adullam (I Sam. 22:1-5) and once in En Gedi (I Sam. 24:1-7). En Gedi is the setting for this Psalm. When David hid in a cave in En Gedi, he spared Saul’s life, even though Saul was an easy target for him at that time. David had been hiding in the cave when Saul had entered that same cave to relieve himself.
David could have killed Saul at that time. Yet, he only cut off a piece of the King’s garment. Later on, David repented to God that he had cut off a piece of the king’s garment.
According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible notes, Psalm 57 is divided into three parts, structurally. The first part is a call for mercy during calamity, as seen in verses 1-3. The second part is a confession of trust in God while experiencing these trials, as seen in verses 4-6. The third part is a determination to continue to praise God in the midst of others around you, as seen in verses 7-11.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.
2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
4 My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the [c]nations. 10 For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.
Application of This Psalm
I find so much value each day in reading the Bible, using a study Bible to read the notes and find reference verses to read, and then applying the passage to my life. As mentioned in the previous section, the following three topics are how this Psalm has been divided.
Mercy Through Calamities
Trusting God Through It All
Continuing to Praise God
Have you ever prayed to God for mercy to survive your trials? Maybe you didn’t pray specifically for mercy but you asked Him for the strength to get through the trials, struggles, and temptations.
Have you been trusting God through all the circumstances you go through in life? I confess, I have faltered many times in this area of trusting God completely. But, I’m human and imperfect, just like you. I’m sure you’ve had struggles in this area as well. Yet, as I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord, I have been able to trust Him even more consistently.
Have you been able to praise God continually through your trials? Again, I’ve not always been consistent with this either. Yet, that’s okay. I’m on a journey of continual growth in the Lord – as I hope you are as well. I have found so much value in praising and worshipping God daily. That significantly helps me to keep my focus on Him and not my problems. Praise helps me to realize that it is possible to find contentment in God in all situations.
What are your thoughts on Psalm 57?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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