"From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy." (Psalm 61.2-3 )
If we read through the Psalms, we’ll notice that many of them are cries against problems and injustice. There is much that is not right in this world, and we see this every day in the news. Against the backdrop of the nations scoffing at their creator (Psalm 2), David writes Psalm 61 proclaiming the place where he can find shelter from injustice. As much as injustice encircles him and will continue to encircle him the rest of his life, he has an unshakeable confidence in the Lord most high. Wherever David finds himself he calls to the Lord most high. Later on in the Psalm, David shows how he lives in hope of long life. It’s not just that he is hoping to live until he is 120 years old. Instead, he is anticipating life forever before God. Listen to verse 7: ‘He (the king) will abide before God forever.’ Eternally living before God is David’s only way to live with hope.
This is our only hope as well. There is injustice all around us. We encounter our own sin and fallenness and long for God the rock, but we are brought through our pain and difficulty as we look to eternity. This is where our hope is grounded. We, like David, see that we can anticipate this because God has appointed lovingkindness and truth to preserve us. God is the giver of all good things.
Because we can live in this hope, we sing praises to our God. We see in the Psalms that singing is an essential part of our response to God for this hope and salvation. At the end of Psalm 61, this is David’s response: S0 I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may pay my vows day by day.
May this be our response as well as we ponder our hope and salvation.
--J. Andersen 05/12/16