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Psalm 57

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1 Samuel 22:1 CSB
So David left Gath and took refuge in the cave of Adullam. When David’s brothers and his father’s whole family heard, they went down and joined him there.
1 Samuel 24
Illus: The destruction of a storm. The peace of God (El Salvador-Hurricane)
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Kids pushing each others buttons. Hard to control emotions. Yet here, David has peace even though his enemies are pursuing him.

Lament: 1-4 Plea for Deliverance

1. Mercy/grace
Very similar beginning to Psalm 56
David’s enemies persecute him unjustly and have brought about destruction.
Wings of safety—Illus How to Train your Dragon
Matthew 23:37 CSB
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
Matt 23:
2. God Most High—what an amazing thing it is that we pray to the living God. Think about how many empty prayers are offered up on a daily basis.
3. God’s plan and his people cannot be overcome. Not just a NT sentiment. God is covenantal in nature.
4. In the midst of vicious enemies David has peace.
Refrain: 5
Eschatological: whole earth, not just Israel.
Middle insertion between attacks of v 4 and 6

Thanksgiving: 6-10 Promise of Praise

Illus: Roadrunner and Wildy Coyote
6. The wicked receive their due punishment and the righteous will draw comfort from the Lord.
Evil returns on its practitioners like a boomerang.
Deuteronomy 32:35 CSB
Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay. In time their foot will slip, for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly.”
7. The wicked are found out but David has peace. The knowledge of the future aids him in the present situation. Leads him to sing.
8. leads to awakening…from Darkness to light…morning Sunrise.
9-10. Nations, not just Israel. Israel was supposed to be a light to the nations (Exodus).
Refrain: 11
God’s glory melts away evil.
Norwex cloths cleaning…or magic erasers. Dirt or stains easily washed away.
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