Psalms 59:16 (KJV)
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
The title of the Psalm says that it was written on the occasion when Saul sent messengers to David’s house to kill him, once he arose the next morning. Whether this Psalm was written that very night or at some later moment as David reflected upon the evening, it is impossible to tell.
David here says that he would sing of God’s power and sing aloud of His mercy in the morning.
The one is a song of comfort and assurance.
It is meant to cheer and encourage in a difficult spot.
The other is a song of celebration and rejoicing.
It was sung as an act of thanksgiving for God’s help in the night.
I am reminded of those believers who met in secret for fear of death. Though they surely sang they would not have sung aloud. They could never have afforded to “raise the roof” with their voices. A song sung quietly, perhaps under the breath would be sufficient to give cheer and courage. There came a day, however, when those same believers were free to worship in the open. Gradually, over the course of a few decades, they found their voice and began to sing aloud. God had preserved them through their troubles.
God’s presence is a strengthening and sustaining joy in times of goodness and trial. Whether the song must be sung quietly or may be sung with gusto, the purpose is to draw our hearts to God. He is our defense, refuge and strength.
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Psalms 59:16 Find Your Voice
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