Psa 57.1,2 [[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. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth [all things] for me.
What is King David, the man after God’s own heart. The giant slayer doing in a cave? He is being pursed by Saul, who wrongly perceives him to be his enemy. Nothing could be further from the truth. David had the opportunity to kill Saul, but did not. Nevertheless, David is running for his life and is in a cave hiding from Saul.
It is in that cave that David pours out his heart unto His God for mercy. Mercy, of course, is not getting what we deserve. Neither writer or reader want God to give us what we deserve. Thus, we need His mercy. Scripture tells us that God’s mercy has been poured out upon us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. How vital it is for us to “draw strength” from the vast supplies of God’s mercies when we are in our caves in life. We also see that David fled to God on the wings of prayer and trust. He determined to commit himself to the shadow of The Almighty for the duration of the trial. Human resources are of little value in times of duress and pressure like David was in. Thus, he tapped into the mercy and protective shadow of God through prayer. But one more thing is needed to be seen here. David knew that God was in control. Yes, he was in real trouble and was obviously overwhelmed and anxious. But he knew that the invisible hand of God was guiding his life.
For all of my fellow cave dwellers, listen to verse 2 again. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth [all things] for me. God is working in that cave beloved. He is working outside of that cave as well. Take heart, dear ones.
Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect [that which] concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endures for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Every cave in life has it’s season. The good pleasure of God is at work even in our caves. Cling to Jesus as long as you need to. He is faithful and good.