by Rev Jason Phua
Readings: Hebrews 11:17-31; Psalm 59:1-17
READ (verses chosen for meditation)
Psalm 59:16-17 “But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”
We are told as a preface to Psalm 59 that this is “miktam” of David when Saul sent men to his house in order to kill him. We are not quite sure what “miktam” means but all the six Psalms with this word have certain characteristics. These six Psalms, as Charles Spurgeon puts it starts with “prayer, imply trouble, but abound in holy confidence and close with songs of assurance as to ultimate safety and joy”. Hence we read in Psalm 59 that David sang praises to the Lord in assurance of His steadfast love even in the midst of the possible lost of life. What a man of deep faith in God!
Would I sing praises to God in the midst of the possible loss of life? Would i sing praises to God if the lives of my family members are threatened? I am not sure i will. I will definitely be praying for protection and His will be done, but sing praises to God? That is quite something altogether. That is the depth of faith which David had and for which he and the other heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 were commended for. Even if these persons were not able receive what was promised as in the ministry and work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:39), God commended them for their extraordinary faith. Through David and many other heroes of the faith, we see that they have a kind of faith which does not call out often to God for a more comfortable standard of living or whine at the most tiny worry; but faith that speaks much of their profound love for God even in the midst of very challenging circumstances. This is something which we, the very much self-entitled and self-consumed generation can learn from. May the Lord help us, people who are supposedly in a better Covenant, to grow in our understanding of what faith in Christ is really about.
Lord our God, help my wandering soul to rest in You. Help me to grow in faith like how the ancients did, who were able to sing praises to you even in the most trying of circumstances. Amen.