The Study with Psalm 59 entitled “God is my defence, and the God of my mercy” is now available here.
Defense and mercy is the rule for God’s elect when we are brought understand what flesh is. God is our defense to help us overcome the pulls of our flesh as we go through a life-long process of coming to know that we can’t overcome unless God continues to show mercy to us, the kind of mercy that makes it possible for us to overcome and become more than conquerors through Christ.
This process does not sit well with our flesh at first, as shadowed in the forty years of wandering in the wilderness murmuring, and the four hundred years of having to be a stranger in a land that is not ours, and is very clearly explained in the book of Romans.
Deu 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Gen 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
The glorious conclusion in this Psalm is that through the experience of failing, falling and refuge, we will come to be convinced of God’s faithfulness to work these wonderful works within us as His first fruits so that we will praise Him for His power being mercifully used in our lives to give us victory over our otherwise impossible-to-overcome beastly condition that is being conquered by His strength and steadfast mercy.
Psa_59:16 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.
Psa 59:17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.