I have no doubt that it is easy to praise God for His greatness when you are prosperous, when you have enough money to buy the things you want. It is easy to appreciate God's greatness when your health is good, when there seems to be no limit to the things you can do. It is easy to praise God for his greatness when all your relationships are running smoothly, when there is no conflict between you and your family. How easy it is to praise God for His greatness during the good times. But do you always recognize God's greatness even when facing life's uncertainties? Do you recognize God's greatness in both the good and the bad times?
Psalm 57 is David's response to a life-threatening situation. How was David able to keep his initial focus on God? Picture the situation: David is in a dark cave, the ceiling of which is probably so low that he can't even stand up. He's hungry and thirsty. He hasn't slept for days. Perhaps from the opening of the cave he can look out and see dust coming up over the horizon from Saul's army. Shouldn't David have been more concerned about defending himself? Shouldn't David have been more concerned about coming up with some kind of a strategy? How could he be coming up with a psalm at a time like this? Where is your immediate focus when you face life's uncertainties? What is your first response when you see bad times coming up over the horizon? The reason why David was able to keep his focus on God rather than on his danger may be found in v. 2: I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. David was confident of God's protection because of who God is.
How can you give God your unreserved praise even when facing life's uncertainties? The answer is: “God is never in a hurry, but God is never too late.” “Though my life is hard, and I face tough issues, my God will never abandon me.” Why not? Because, “God didn’t bring you this far to abandon you.”