Strength and Encouragement

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise – Psalm 57:7

David begins this psalm asking God to be merciful to him in the time of his calamities. He describes those calamities as facing those with tongues like swords and those who had prepared a net to entrap him. But he declares that, although his afflictions are great, his heart is fixed since he is trusting in God.

It is God that he trusts, because he is confident there is nothing too difficult for him to handle. God is sovereign, he rules over heaven and earth and the psalmist has every reason to trust him.

All of us face our calamities in life. It may be an attack from Satan who is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour; it may be the words of a vicious tongue that have caused great hurt; or it may be some difficult providence that we just cannot understand.

May we so learn to trust in the Lord that we can say, “My heart is fixed” even in the most difficult of times—when the way is dark, when facing discouragement, when others are departing. And when there is a temptation to compromise in order to please men, let us stand firm with our heart fixed because above all we desire to bring glory to God.

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