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Psalm 59: To succor and to strengthen

February 4, 2019


The Verse of the Day for February 3, 2019, comes from Psalm 59:16 (AMP):

But as for me, I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; Yes, I will sing joyfully of Your lovingkindness in the morning; For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.

The closing verse of Psalm 59 reiterates the same message:

To You, O [God] my strength, I will sing praises; for God is my stronghold [my refuge, my protector, my high tower], the God who shows me [steadfast] lovingkindness.

The Psalmist expresses this watchful attitude toward God who will come to his rescue in other related verses.
Psalm 5:3

Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 59:9:

You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress.

Psalm 88:13 |

O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.

Psalm 101:1

I will sing of your love and justice, LORD. I will praise you with songs.

2 Samuel 22:3 summarizes a similar expression of looking to God as a source of safety, a refuge and savior:

My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.

This passage provides great comfort and strength to believers, and brings to mind a term “succor,” used as a noun or verb in the King James Version, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary offers this definition:

As a verb, the term literally means to run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; as, to succor a besieged city; to succor prisoners.”

As a noun “succor” means aid; help; assistance; particularly, assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want or distress. “Gardening that Gives You Wings” refers to the noun: “The garden was to provide succor and sanctuary for butterflies, giving nectar almost all year round.”

Hebrews 2:18 in the King James Version offers this translation using the verb:

18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

Hebrews 2:18:

Because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted, He is able to help and provide immediate assistance to those who are being tempted and exposed to suffering.

We find the verb form used to describe God, our Father who watches over His own and promises to come to their rescue in 2 Corinthians 6:2 used as introduction to this original psalm:

To Succor and to Strengthen

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation

have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV)

In straight and narrow places You provide relief.
In times of loss, You comfort and assuage our grief
In this dry season You water our soul once more
And run to succor and to strengthen us as before.
Again You prop us up on every leaning side.
Rooted and grounded in Your love we will abide.
You are our light, our salvation; we will not fear.
Although we feel estranged from loved ones, You are near.
Though intense suffering may abound on every hand,
You confirm, establish, settle, that we might stand.
Though oceans roar and mountains shake, we remain still.
In times of distress we are centered in Your will.
We stand firm, like a tree planted by the river,
Assured that in Your perfect time You will deliver.

Esther Mui offers a musical rendition of selected verses from Psalm 59 as a Christian Scripture Worship song “God is My Defense.”

Psalm 59:1-2, 9-10a, 16-17:

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.

10a My God of mercy shall come to meet me;

16 But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

Psalm 59: God is My Defense

February 3, 2015

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The Verse of the Day for February 3, 2015 comes from Psalm 59:16 (New Living Translation):

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.

The closing verse of Psalm 59 reiterates the same message:

17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,

for you, O God, are my refuge,

the God who shows me unfailing love.

The Psalmist expresses watchful attitude toward God who will come to his rescue in other related verses.

Psalm 5:3

Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 59:9:

You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress.

Psalm 88:13 |

O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.

Psalm 101:1

I will sing of your love and justice, LORD. I will praise you with songs.

2 Samuel 22:3 summarizes a similar expression of looking to God as a source of safety, a refuge and savior:

My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.

Esther Mui offers a musical rendition of selected verses from Psalm 59 as a Christian Scripture Worship song “God is My Defense.”

Psalm 59:1-2, 9-10a, 16-17:

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.

10a My God of mercy shall come to meet me;

16 But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.