The Glory of God

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Reading the Word

Psalm 57:1–6 (ESV)

1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. 2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! 4 My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts— the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! 6 They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

Understanding and Applying the Word

In this psalm, David calls out to God to save him from his enemies. He describes them as lions whose teeth are spears and arrows and whose tongues are swords. The situation sounds difficult and David is obviously troubled by it. Even so, in the middle of his prayer to God, David calls out in praise. In verse five he says, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” Even in this hardship, David’s desire is that God would be glorified.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” We exist to glorify God. This is true no matter what circumstances we may be facing. In fact, it is often in the most difficult of times that we are able to give the most glory to God as we rely on him to bring us through and as we testify of his grace and mercy. This is why David calls out “Be exalted, O God” in the midst of his prayer for help. What are you going through in your life? Regardless of the circumstances, can you say with David, “Let your glory be over all the earth”?

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