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Posted by Dr. Scott Solberg on Oct 10, 2018 with 1 Comments

The Power of Praise

IN PSALM 57, DAVID FINDS HIMSELF IN TROUBLE. He is actually hiding in a cave because Saul is trying to kill him. The ESV Devotional Psalter describes his predicament this way; “David has been forced to flee from Saul and is hiding in a cave. Yet his prayer in this psalm testifies that God is his cave: “In you my soul takes refuge.” (v. 1)

How was David able to find refuge in God while running for his life?  

His peace of mind is a testament to the power of praise. Two times in this psalm, David turns his attention to the glory of God. Two times he says, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let your glory be over all the earth!” (v. 5, 11)

Even in this difficult and stressful moment, David’s number one desire is that God be exalted. Why is praising God the best remedy for fear?  

For starters, when we praise God we remind ourselves of the greatness of God. Often praising God involves rehearsing the attributes of God. He is the Creator. He is all-powerful. He is in control. He is all-wise. As we rehearse the attributes of God, he truly does become our refuge, “a very present help in trouble.”

When we praise God, we are also reminded of God’s love for us. David wasn’t long in his prayer before he rehearsed the love of God for him. He prayed in verse 3, “God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness.”  Paul does the same thing in Romans 8:35 when he asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”  This question is asked in the context of trouble. In fact, Paul reminds us that even if death awaits us, it cannot separate us from the love of Christ.

Finally, when we rehearse the glory of God we are reminded that our God delights in delivering us from our troubles. We most see this truth in the cross. The ESV Devotional Psalter puts it this way. “In the cross of Christ, we see this supremely, where Jesus is “lifted up” on the cross – physically lifted up, yes, but, more deeply, “lifted up” in the sense of being glorified and honored.  And in that lifting up, gracious deliverance for sinners is achieved.”

Are you “in the cave”? Try spending some time praising God.  In doing so, remind yourself of the greatness of God...the love of God...and the deliverance of God.  

Sing like David did while in the cave in Psalm 57:7-10; 

“I will sing and make melody!
     Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
     I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
     I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
     Your faithfulness to the clouds."

This is the power of praise!

Chris Dyer Oct 13, 2018 12:46pm

How wonderful a reminder to us all. Thank you!