Psalm 57 begins with a cry to God for mercy: “God help me!” Human nature being what it is, there is no prayer more basic to our experience. It may not be the ideal prayer. But, it’s the most common one. There isn’t a person living who hasn’t at some time in their life cried out: “God help me” — even if they weren’t certain whether there was Anyone or anything to whom to cry.
But, the prayer in verse 1 is not just general, it is also very personal and intimate: “…for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge….”
This is followed by a statement of intent. In a sense, this statement implies a rationale for prayer. (more…)