September 10, 2018

Psalm 54 (NLT) — For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “We know where David is hiding.” To be accompanied by stringed instruments. 1 Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might. 2 Listen to my prayer, O God. Pay attention to my plea. 3 For strangers are attacking me; violent people are trying to kill me. They care nothing for God. Interlude 4 But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive! 5 May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them. Do as you promised and put an end to them. 6 I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7 For you have rescued me from my troubles and helped me to triumph over my enemies.

In Psalm 52 we find David being betrayed by Doeg. Here in Psalm 54 we find David being betrayed by the Ziphites. There is nothing like trouble to expose what is really in a person’s heart. In the heart of David we find a song even after he has been betrayed! Can you sing when trouble is upon you? I don’t mean singing the blues or a song of defeat. I mean can you sing a song of victory before you actually see the victory?

Vs:1 > can you sing because you are assured of the power of God and his ability to defend you against satan and his minions? Remember we wrestle not against flesh and blood.

Vs:2 > can you sing because you know that Father God is listening?

Vs:3 > can you sing because you actually care for God and you care to do right?

Vs:4 > can you sing because God is your helper and he will not let you go before your time?

Vs:5 > can you sing because God brings about what he has promised?

Vs:6 > can you sing because your song truly is a sacrifice of praise?

Vs:7 > can you sing before you actually see victory?

When trouble comes what comes out of your heart; a funeral dirge or a song of victory?

James 1:2–4 (NLT) — 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:2–4 (The Message) — 2 Consider it a sheer gift, …

James 1:2–4 (GNB) — 2 My brothers and sisters, consider yourselves fortunate…

James 1:2 (Phillips) – consider them as old friends…

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. in verse 7 David also lets us know what make of motorcycle God rides to defeat our enemies:)


  1. Most mornings I wake with a song on my heart. Sometimes it’s a new song and other times an old hymn. I don’t always know or remember all the words but I sing what I know either over and over or fill in the blanks:) It’s wonderful to have a weapon as soon as the day starts…a blessing really. I can allow my song to be interrupted though, just as if I laid something down in another room and forgot where it was. So like we talked about last week, I need to be watching for whatever trouble comes that would steal my song so I can continue to grow. This morning my song was, “Sing praises to the living God, Glory Hallelujah! Come adore the living God, Glory Hallelujah”! David is a real inspiration to me.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      A song truly is a great weapon against the forces of darkness and the sinful nature.

      Psalm 57:8 (NLT) — 8 Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.