Psalm 59

Seeking God's Protection and Deliverance



In Psalm 59, the psalmist cries out to God for protection and deliverance from their enemies. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of refuge and salvation. We will explore the themes of seeking God's intervention, finding security in His presence, and responding with praise and thanksgiving.

Section 1: Crying Out for God's Intervention (vs 1-5)

"Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me. Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood. See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, LORD. I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight! You, LORD God Almighty, you who are the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked traitors."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 8:31 (NIV), "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"


Section 2: Finding Security in God's Presence (vs 6-10)

"You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me. But do not kill them, Lord our shield, or my people will forget. In your might uproot them and bring them down. For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. For the curses and lies they utter, consume them in your wrath, consume them till they are no more. Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 5:44 (NIV), "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."


Section 3: Responding with Praise and Thanksgiving (vs 16-17)

"But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV), "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."



Psalm 59, portrays the psalmist's plea for deliverance from enemies and his confidence in God's protection, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's acknowledgment of God as his strength and fortress prefigures Jesus as the Rock and the source of our refuge and strength (Psalm 18:2, Psalm 62:6-7). 

The psalmist's description of the wicked as fierce dogs and their plots against him echoes the opposition and hostility Jesus faced during His earthly ministry (Matthew 26:3-4, Matthew 26:59-60). 

The psalmist's plea for God's mercy and deliverance points to Jesus as our Savior, who offers us forgiveness and redemption through His sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:13-14). 

The psalmist's determination to sing praises to God in the midst of trouble reflects our response of worship and trust in Jesus, even in the face of adversity (Philippians 4:4, Hebrews 13:15). 

The psalmist's confidence in God's unfailing love and faithfulness aligns with our assurance in Jesus, who will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:38-39). 

Ultimately, Psalm 59 leads us to Jesus as our Protector, Savior, and the object of our praise, inviting us to find comfort and strength in Him amidst trials and challenges.