Ps.57:1 – Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
I always remember what George Whitfield said about John Bunyan’s books; he said they had the smell of prison on them. What Whitfield was saying is that there was an unusual grace on Bunyan as he wrote from his imprisonment. Like Paul’s prison Epistles, much of Bunyan’s writings came during his imprisonment and they carried an unusual anointing that you feel in the reading of them. That is what Charles Spurgeon says about Psalm 57. He said that this Psalm had the taste of the cave where David hid himself for years. The Lord is always there, we become more aware in our difficult moments. Here are Spurgeon’s comments on Psalm 57.
“This petition is a very sententious prayer, as full as it is brief, and well worthy to be the motto for a sacred song. David had said, “destroy not,” in reference to Saul, when he had him in his power, and now he takes pleasure in employing the same words in supplication to God. We may infer from the spirit of the Lord’s prayer, that the Lord will spare us as we spare our foes….. For quality this Psalm is called golden, or a secret, and it well deserves the name. We may read the words and yet not know the secret joy of David, which he has locked up in his golden casket. When he fled from Saul in the cave. This is a song from the bowels of the earth, and, like Jonah’s prayer from the bottom of the sea, it has a taste of the place. The poet is in the shadow of the cave at first, but he comes to the cavern’s mouth at last, and sings in the sweet fresh air, with his eye on the heavens, watching joyously the clouds floating therein.”
I can’t stop thinking about the week I spent in the hospital recently. I was in isolation but Jesus visited me anyway. I can close my eyes and remember the presence I experienced in that room. The Lord was there in an unusual way ministering to me. None of us want to be swallowed by a whale, hidden away in a cave, or spend time in the hospital. It just seems that in those times something very special can take place.