Psalm 57 & 58: God Is Our Reward
Verse of the Day: (58:11) So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
1. God Is Our Refuge (57:1-11)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (57:1)
What a timely reminder to us as we are facing Covid 19, a deadly and infectious disease, that had taken millions of lives worldwide, and no one, not even the richest, the most powerful and influential people are spared from this unparalleled and unprecedented pandemic. Though David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, might not have experienced this deadly virus, yet he was pleading to God as the powerful King Saul of Israel and his warriors were after his life. Saul felt threatened as Prophet Samuel had anointed David to be the next King, and he would kill him and probably have his son, Jonathan, to be the next king. David became a fugitive escaping to the wilderness to seek refuge. However, David knew that God was his Refuge as he spiritually hid under the shadow of His Wings for protection and preservation of his life and soul. Indeed, let us seek God, our Refuge and Anchor of our souls, amid Covid 19 and all crises and challenges. (Hebrews 6:17-20)
2. God Is Our Righteousness (58:1-9)
Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? (58:1)
God challenged the people to live and speak righteously and truthfully amid wickedness and lies. Indeed, we are born sinners, and children lie and cheat at a certain accountable age even without anyone teaching them. This is because of the sin nature in us inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. But thanks be to God, as He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to shed His precious blood and die at the cross for the sins of the whole world, that whoever believes in Him, shall have His righteousness in him, and shall never perish in fiery hell, but have eternal life with Him in glorious heaven. (Romans 5:14-21)
3. God Is Our Reward (58:10-11)
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. (58:10)
Though David suffered much on earth, yet he knew that one day, he shall have his reward from his God in His home in pearly heaven. Let us trust and obey God, and look forward to the day, when Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, shall promote us to His heaven either by death, or by Rapture when all Christians shall be called home (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and blessed with His reward according to our work. (Revelation 22:12-21)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are my Reward and Righteousness as I serve You.