Injustice, malice, venom – these form a constant refrain in David’s psalms. He has some strong metaphors – snarling dogs, snakes. But David also says of God: You are my refuge in times of trouble!
Wow. These two
psalms, particularly 58, have some STRONG language in them.
In v8 David says,
“Let them be like the snail that dissolved into slime, like the stillborn
child who never sees the sun.”
Just wow! Those are
some hard words from David.
And then in v10 we
read, “The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will
bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.”
Do I imagine myself
standing with my feet in the blood of the wicked?
This leads me to
consider that I pray fervently to never experience the depths of what David
did. Betrayal. Men seeking his life. Killing of innocents in his name. Bloody
All of us have
different experiences. And while most of us may not have gone through what
David did, some of us may have, and some of us through other terrible events
This is God’s word,
the base truth we remember as we read.
So we can pray,
“Lord help us to understand from these psalms what it is You want us to
And too, we can
hold onto what David holds onto, “O my Strength, I will sing praises to
you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast
Praise God for His