Read Psalm 57:7-11. 7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! 8Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! 9I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 10For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
Hiding in a cave from enemies who wish you dead doesn’t seem like an occasion for such buoyant praise, but David doesn’t care. His trust in God’s covenant steadfast love has made his heart steadfast, singularly focused on one thing – praising God. But in order to glorify God, he must first awaken his own internal glory – Awake my glory! All of his meaning, purpose, and desire rising at dawn to give thanks to God.
The psalm becomes prophetic when David declares that he will praise God among the nations, the fulfillment realized in the church of Christ; Gentiles praising the glory of God in Jesus Christ. Paul will use David’s words to encourage unity and service in the Roman church:
Romans 15:8-9. 8For I tell you that Christ became a servant…9in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”
To live is Christ is to be so full of God’s covenant love and faithfulness that even the caves of life can’t stop our unifying praise from rising up to Jesus.
Prayer. Jesus, I will awake my glory to praise you. Let my worship serve not only to satisfy my own soul but also to unify your church. Amen.
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