Read Psalm 57
“David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there” (1 Sam. 22:1).
“He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave” (1 Sam. 24:3).
It was bad. Disastrous, even. God had crowned David King of Israel while Saul remained on the throne. And Saul was not happy. In fact, he murderously searched for him and forced him into hiding.
Running from King Saul, David knew God was on his side. He did not forget the truth that God Himself had chosen him. He never lost sight of the fact that God was in control. He was in fact the One on the throne.
And right there in the cave, David sang praise to God.
Even when David found himself in the middle of a dark cave, on the run from the king, David “(sang) and made music” with a steadfast heart (Psalm 57:7).
That word steadfast gets me every time. It means fixed. Established. David’s heart, even in the middle of what was likely one of the most tumultuous times of his life to that point, was fixed on the truth of God’s goodness. He knew the one whose hands had formed that cave.
David knew the character of the one in charge (v. 10). And even while running from the seemingly most powerful man in the country, David rested on the promise that God is who He says He is. No matter what. Always.
Have you ever been in a similar place? Maybe you feel like you’re there right now. Have you ever been in a circumstance so dark, you can’t tell which way is up and the only compass you can use is absolute truth? That’s where David was when He wrote this psalm. His heart was so saturated in the truth of God’s goodness that even in the midst of the darkest dark, he stood firm, heart steadfast, unshaken.
God is able to lead you through that darkness just like He did David. He can hold you in the middle of the cave, just like He did for David if you will let Him.
So go ahead and sing when you’re inside the cave. Sing from the middle of the darkness. Because God is God even there.