FRIDAY 5TH MAY, 2017 READ – Day: Mark 9:30-50; Night: Jug 10-12
THEME: THE CRY FROM THE CAVE
TEXT: PSALM 57:1 – 11
HYMN: EMHB 238 – My faith looks up to Thee
Psalm 57 and 142 are known as ‘The Cave Psalms’. These Psalms were written by David when he fled from Saul into Cave Adulam (1Sam. 24:3)
What did David do? First, he exercised transforming faith. ‘My soul trusts in You’ (Vs. 1b). He believed that God was going to come through for him. If you receive and believe the Word of God, you are a candidate for transforming faith that will turn your cave into the very Shekinah glory of God!
Secondly, David fled to God’s presence for refuge. Here we have it in Vs. 1b, ‘and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge. ‘Thirdly, he waited patiently for God’s intervention. In the last part of verse 1, he wrote, ‘Until these calamities have passed by.’ Fourthly and finally, he longed passionately for the glory of God. Verses 5 and 11: ‘Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth’. David’s desire was not just to escape from the cave and his predicament; his chief desire was to exalt the Lord.
In this Psalm, praising God (Vs. 7 – 11) is the expression of transforming faith, his fleeing to God for refuge, his patiently waiting on God’s intervention, and his desire to exalt and glorify God. If you will exercise transforming faith, flee to God’s presence for refuge, wait patiently for God’s intervention, and long passionately for the glory of God alone. God will translate any cave you may find yourself now into the “Holy of Holies”.
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 57:2 “I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.”
PRAYER: Be merciful to me, O God, for my soul trusts in You. Remove me from the trap and prison of my enemies and put me in Your Freedom Square in Jesus’ name. Amen.