Day 40: Elohim Chaseddi

But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    Elohim Chaseddi.

Psalm 59:16-17

Elohim Chaseddi: God of My Mercy

David wrote this as a rabbit in a trap, a man under siege. His house, which should have been a place of safety, was surrounded. Men with orders to kill him had laid an ambush – perhaps because none of them dared challenge in open combat a man who had killed a giant? But that was their blindness, their folly, if so; the God who gave David victory then was no farther away now.

So they waited there for him to step out of his home, his refuge, out of his place of safety, and then they would attack! But like a turtle who carries his home with him always, David had a home they knew nothing about; God was David’s safe place, and He went with him everywhere.

When David’s sentence was death, then, God with His presence suspended it. When men would not show mercy, God stepped in. Mercy comes from God, not from men, because He is Elohim Chaseddi.

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