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Psalm 57: My heart is fixed

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One of the most powerful verses in this psalm is verse 7 in which David speaks of a fixed heart. A fixed heart commits itself to God. It may or may not have counted the cost of such loyalty but it has determined to follow God and to trust God's word and God's way without looking back.

Committment to praising, loving, and following God appears throughout the Bible. Those who keep their oaths in spite of hurt, those who choose not to be rescued from marytrdom, those who refuse to curse their God. Hiding in the cave, David sees the darkness of the cave not as a thing to be feared but as the shadow of God's wings. Whether David speaks of the wings of the Cherubim around God's throne or of the maternal figure of an eagle caring for her children under her wings is unclear. What is clear is that God is his refuge and David believes the calamities will be overpast because God has promised to keep him safe.

1{To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.} Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

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