Psalms 58 and 59

Psalm 58

Then people will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the earth.” Psalm 58:11

This psalm appears to be a reaction to horrible leadership, judges who “devise injustice,” who are wicked from birth! The title attributes this to David which is quite interesting since this would precede Jeroboam and his wicked line of successors. Those hanging onto the faith for decades would hold verse 11 close, trusting that God will impose judgment…one day.

“Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions! Psalm 58:6

Words of anger, perhaps even hatred, but all centered in faith that God will take care of the problem. Notice the psalm doesn’t say, “Let me break the teeth of their mouths…” Though it certainly seems like it’s one step closer than mere civil disobedience. Tense times for David. Worse times were yet to come.

Psalm 59

Sub-title: “When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.”

I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Arise to help me; look on my plight! Psalm 59:4

David knows that they are prowling around looking for him, hoping to gain honor from Saul by killing David because they have no idea what is really going on. David knows Saul is God’s anointed, yet out of his mind. He is incredibly patient in hiding and avoiding the hunters.

You are my strength, I watch for you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely. Psalm 58:9

Words of assurance when we all face trials to be sure. David shows great wisdom in these words:

But do not kill them, Lord our shield, or my people will forget.
In your might uproot them and bring them down. Psalm 59:11

At a time when battles were fought and won by strength over weakness, David knows he can’t be the one that attacks. If God can provide a refuge and let time tick away, their own foolishness will expose themselves and Israel wins–not just a king over king–all the people win.

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