Psalm 56 is a prayer for deliverance. David had found that
faith was a great substitute for fear! In Psalm 55 he said, “Evening
and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall
hear my voice.” God promises to hear our prayers if we will come to
Him with our burdens and fears. This verse also gives the Christian
a time schedule for praying–in the evening, morning, and at noon.
Psalm 57 is a prayer David made while in the cave at
Adullam, hiding from Saul. David’s heart was fixed in trusting God.
Psalm 58 records that destruction of the wicked is sure.
David complained much about the prevalence of wickedness, and
repeated over and over again that wickedness does not pay.
Psalm 59 is another of David’s prayers, made when Saul sent
soldiers to entrap David at home.
Psalm 60 is a Psalm of discouragement. It covers the same
period as II Samuel 8:3-14. It is a time of reverses in the war with
the Syrians and the Edomites, but David knows who to go to in time
of trouble. He asks God for help and God answers his prayer.
In Psalm 61 David is in the wilderness, fleeing from
Absalom. It seems to him that he is at the end of the earth. His
soul seems wrapped in gloom; then, from afar, he sees the Rock of
his salvation, and says, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than