The Joyful Soul (3 of 3) by Roger Thomas

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The Joyful Soul (3 of 3)
Series: Secrets of the Soul
Roger Thomas
Psalm 64


Introduction: There's something not quite right with this Psalm. The beginning and the end don't seem to fit. Psychologists call this dissonance--a sense of tension. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but it just doesn't feel right.

David's Complaint. Consider how the Psalm starts. Like many of the Psalms this was first a prayer and then a song. But note how this prayer-hymn begins. "Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint." Can you imagine our opening this worship service with a song that began, "God, listen up! I have a bone to pick with you!" That's how Psalm 64 begins.

David had some complaints. You would too if you were going through what he was. The previous psalm says it was written in the desert while he was king. It is likely that this one was written at the same time. Let's review the background for a moment. David's story is told in 1 and 2 Samuel.

As a young lad, probably as a teenager, David was tapped to be the successor to King Saul of Israel. He quickly rose from a simple shepherd boy to a palace musician and military champion. For a while David was the king's personal attendant, protégé, army captain, family friend, then son-in-law, and finally rival and mortal enemy. When the jealous king tried and failed to kill David, he sent his armies in pursuit of the young upstart. For years David fled from hideout to hideout in the vast no-man's land of Southern Judea. With a rag tag band of outlaws and misfits, David lived in caves, mountaintops, the desert, and from time to time fled across the border. He managed to barely keep one foot ahead of Saul's army. This was not a good time for David.

The situation was this way for years. Finally after King Saul died in battle, David was crowned king. For several more years, he continued to fight off the remnants of Saul's allies as well as neighboring nations bent on taking advantage of th ...


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