4. The Song of the ‘Fixed Heart’ Psalm 57:7-11

Text: “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.  Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.”

Psalm 57:7-8.

Good morning, ‘Fixed Heart’ Christian!  Like the author, once your heart was as black in sin as coal; as fixed on sin and disobedience to the Lord God, as Satan’s was when he was tossed, unceremoniously, out of the Holy realm of Heaven.  If any heart, soul, and mind needed fixing, it was yours and certainly it was MINE.  Praise God, we are Eternally fixed!

“Therefore (a conclusion) if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old thingss are passed (or passing) away; behold (look closely, and fully understand), all things are become (or are becoming) new.  And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (between a Holy God and sinful mankind).”   (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

‘Fixed heart Christians’ have been chosen by God in Eternity; given to Christ Jesus as a gift of the Father’s grace; saved in time, by the quickening power of God the Holy Spirit; and keep for all Eternity – safe in Christ Jesus, our Redeemer King.  Hallelujah!  Now, if that doesn’t ‘FIX’ us, nothing else ever will!  Glory to the grace of God!  Thank you, dear Lord!  (John 6:37) (John 17:9-11)

Verse 7.  “My heart is fixed.  In order to be Spiritually ‘fixed’, one must have first been Spiritually quickened - made alive to the fact that one was indeed, irreparably BROKEN.  Only God the Spirit can make alive that which is/was totally ‘...dead in trespasses and sins...’  We have God’s own inspired Word on this vital matter.  Check it out, Christian!

“And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins...even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (made alive) us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:1-6)

Having one’s heart (entire essence of being) ‘FIXED’, is in itself a miracle performed by God, no mere mortal could ever achieve the Spiritual regeneration of the spirit/soul of sinful mankind.  The Lord Jesus Christ called this regeneration miracle, being 'BORN AGAIN'.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God...Except a man be born of water (human birth) and of the Spirit (Spiritual quickening, being made alive by God the Holy Ghost), he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit (capital S) is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be born again.”   (John 3:3-8)

The Lord God ‘fixes’ our hearts (our entire essence and being) by the miracle of Spiritual regeneration – we are MADE ‘...new creatures...’ in Christ; we become an integral part of His Body, the true church – worldwide, universal, and international.  Praise God for His grace!

 Verse 7. “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”  The heart that is Eternally fixed by the Lord God will immediately give God all the praise, all the glory, and all the service to Christ it can give.  Praise is the uplifting of the ‘fixed heart’ unto the Creator Lord God Jehovah Who has shown us such Eternally ‘fixing’ grace! 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, let any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before (before the very foundation of the world!) ordained that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:8-10)

‘Fixed heart’ Christians immediately come to the vile attentions of Satan and the powers of evil – a Spiritual battle commences once a precious soul, by God’s grace, becomes born again of the Spirit.  We are called to be ‘soldiers’ of Christ from the moment we are redeemed from sin.  However, we should never be afraid of Satan or evil, for our Saviour, King Jesus Christ, King of all kings, and Lord of all lords, has completely FIXED our hearts, and stands ever-ready to come to our aid.  Wow!  What a Friend we have in Jesus!

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”       (Psalm 112:7)

Verse 7.  “My heart is fixed.  One would have thought he would have said, ‘My heart is fluttered’; but no, he is calm, firm, happy, resolute, established.  When our great bower anchor holds, the ship cannot drive.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 257)

Verse 7.  “O God, my heart is fixed.  I am resolved to trust Thee, to serve Thee, and to praise Thee.  Twice does he declare this to the glory of God, Who thus comforts the souls of His servants.  Reader, it is surely well with thee if thy once roving heart is now firmly fixed upon God and the proclamation of His glory.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 257)

Verse 8.  “Awake up my glory; awake psaltery and harp.  Once realising that one’s heart is Eternally ‘fixed’ by God, how can one fail to rise up and give loud and vocal praise and thanksgiving to the Holy One Who has seen fit to fix us?  Let me hear it?  ‘Hallelujah!’

Verse 9.  “I will sing unto Thee among the nations.  When human hearts, fallen in sin and born in iniquity, are Eternally ‘fixed’ by being washed in the precious, sinless Blood of Christ the Lamb – it will inevitably inspire us to sing out the Gospel news to all men and women throughout the nations of this old world – that they too, upon hearing of Christ’s Salvation, might, according to God’s Divine grace and election, have their hearts ‘fixed also.  The ‘fixed’ heart always desires other hearts to be likewise ‘fixed’ by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 10.  “For Thy mercy is great.  The Holy Lord God was under absolutely no obligation to redeem our progenitors - Adam and Eve – from their fall into sin and disobedience to His Word.  (Genesis 3: 21) But, by His grace, He did.  God had no obligation to save any soul, when He unleashed His wrath against sin on earth, by a great Flood.  But He did, He saved eight precious souls who would repopulate the earth which He had Created. (Genesis 6:5-22) 

God was under no obligation to save you and I from our vile sins and disobedience to His Commandments and to His Holiness.  But, praise God, He did.  I believe that each of us who have been born again by God’s grace, and saved by His Son, Jesus Christ, know in our ‘fixed hearts’, that Almighty God’s mercy is, indeed, GREAT.  Praise His Holy Name!  ‘We thank you from our ‘fixed hearts’, precious Lord God!

Verse 11.  “Be Thou exalted, O God, above the Heavens: let Thy glory be above all the earth.  Greater words of prayer than these never came from human lips.  Heaven and earth have, as they imply, a mutually interwoven history, and the blessed, glorious end of this is the sunrise of the Divine glory over both.”  (Franz Delitzsch 1871)

Thought: Every true Christian should, be striving to be like the Christ.  Such Christians shall have trouble in life – but always receive help from the Lord of all life.  Praise and bless His Holy Name!

3. Traps, Tears & Pits! Psalm 57:6

Text: “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.

Psalm 57:6.

Good morning, militant Christian!  For you, and for me, it is not enough that we have been graciously saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, and completely redeemed by the shedding of His own precious Blood – you and I have been saved to militantly SERVE the risen Lord. 

It is, therefore, not enough for us to just sit idly by until death takes us Home to be with Him; we believe we have been saved in order to serve Christ in the preaching/teaching of His glorious Gospel message of Eternal Salvation; to be militant instruments in awaking the elect from sin’s grasp, that they too might seek to serve the Lord Who has saved us.

Dictionary Definition:  Militant – (adjective) fighting, engaged in warfare; actively contending; combative; ...strenuously active in support of a particular cause.  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 1019)

Militant Christians are thus clearly seen to be engaged in warfare – in our case, Spiritual warfare against sin and all evil.  We are actively contending – ‘... earnestly contending for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints...’  (Jude 3) Militant Christians like thee and me, are combative in the sense of willing to wrestle against all instances of false doctrine, and religious error.  We must be strenuously active in supporting the cause of King Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified for the sins of ‘His people’. 

These are the traits of Christian faith I hereby define as militant, Bible-believing, born again, Christianity – and I openly contend in this lesson that this brand of true Christianity is the only genuine way to live, suffer, and often die in the service of the Living Lord Jesus Christ.  There can be NO SECRET, SILENT, CHRISTIANS!

“Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man (woman) that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he/she may please Him Who hath chosen him/her to be a soldier.”       (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

The apostle Paul, just prior to his martyrdom under the Roman Caesars, declared his victory as a militant Christian: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”  (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Now let me point out what should be most obvious to each genuine Christian today – in this increasingly apostate and ‘lukewarm’ Laodicean’ church age: IF “...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God...’, how then are God’s elect souls going to ever be quickened with faith to believe and receive Christ’s Salvation, if you and I are silent reference our witness for Christ?  Again, I say, there are NO SECRET, PRIVATE, SILENT, CHRISTIANS!

All that glitters is not gold – often it’s just plain YELLOW!

“I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, nor to defend His cause; maintain the honour of His Word, the glory of His Cross!”  (Hymn often sung with the mouth, yet unpractised by the heart of professing Christians.)

Verse 6.  “They have prepared a net for my steps. The militant Christian is, at all times, under the microscope of the world, the flesh, and the Devil.  ‘Cardboard Christians’ have nothing to fear from such ruthless foes, the Devil and the world leave them alone in their Spiritual cowardice, since they are doing Satan’s kingdom no harm at all.  It is the militant Christian who is the focus of Hell and Hell’s children in the world – many traps/nets/snares are set for the feet of those in active service to King Jesus Christ.

“...For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake...we are weak...we are despised.  Even unto this present hour we doth hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we intreat (pray): we are made the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.”  (1 Corinthians 4:9-13)

I wonder: How many of the ‘right, right, right reverends’ in professing Christianity today are treated, or live, like the apostle Paul did in the early days of Christ’s church?

Verse 6.  “My soul is bowed down.  Militant Christian souls are frequently ‘bowed down’ – bowed down in affliction, grief, frustration, as the enemies of Christ and the Gospel seek to, untiringly, hinder our labours for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Yet, we are also more frequently ‘bowed down’ in militant prayer to the Almighty Lord God, for His help against all foes.  Hallelujah!  We are more than conquerors through Him who hears our prayers and helps us.

Verse 6. “They have digged a pit before me.  I do not believe that unsaved mankind would have the cunning, nor the relentlessness required to continually seek to hinder and thwart Christians in our service to the Lord God. No. I sincerely believe that such hinderers, constant opponents of holiness and Bible standards; are mere putty in the malignant hands of Satan and his vile kingdom of evil angels.  Many are the ‘pits’ digged to trap genuine Christ-serving Christians, but the Lord guides our feet in His paths of safety and peace.

“For a just man (justified man/woman) falleth (falls, and continues to fall) seven times (the perfect number of falls), and riseth (rises, and continues to rise up) again: BUT THE WICKED SHALL FALL INTO MISCHIEF.”  (Proverbs 24:16)

Verse 6.  “...Into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.  The Devil and his wicked servants in this world, make traps which cause true Christians tears, as we often fall into the Satanic pits dug for our harm.  Yet, by God’s Sovereign grace and power, we always rise back up out of danger, and continue on ‘...contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints.  Furthermore, those hindering, and persecuting true Bible-believing Christians ALWAYS seem to end up in the pits, and suffering the hindrances and pains with which they sought to harm God’s servants.  God is not mocked.  He always avenges ‘His people’.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  (Galatians 6:7)

Thought:  We cannot be ‘servants of Christ’, without openly, and actively serving Him!  The Lord God only provides armour for Bible-believing soldiers who contend in His service.

2. Beset by Lions! Psalm 57:4-5

Text: “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”

Psalm 57:4.

Good morning, distraught and weary Christian!  Having sought to be faithful to your calling in Christ, you have gone forth robed in His righteousness, and spread the Gospel news of Salvation in Christ Jesus alone, and through His full Atonement Sacrifice at Calvary’s Cross.  You have been buffeted by an unbelieving world, let down often by your own weak and puny flesh; and roared at mercilessly by that old lion, the Devil himself.  Praise God for your faithfulness – when the Master returns, will He find such faithfulness on planet earth?

“And shall God not avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on earth?”  (Luke 18:7-8)

Having endured such an unholy onslaught, you have sought Heavenly advice as to how you might fight all Spiritual foes in the service of your Captain, Jesus Christ – and found in the pages of your Bible, how to put on the whole armour of God.  You have therefore, armed yourself well with God’s recommended armour.  You have done well, my friend.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore (a conclusion to the advice!) take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, STAND.”  (Ephesians 6:11-13)

It amazes me personally, when I see so many professing to be true Christians, seeking to put on the whole armour of God – yet failing, miserably, to actually take a STAND!

The Devil has his ‘lions’ out there every day labouring to devour the souls of the ignorant and the beguiled.  False doctrine is one of Satan’s mightiest ‘lions’; social-gospel practitioners are ‘lions’ that seeks to make unbelievers comfortable on their way to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell; churchianty, a most religious, legalist, ‘lion’, dupes souls to believe that regular attendance at a ‘church-building’ will be enough to get the unsaved into Heaven!

Roman Catholicism is NOT Christianity!  You cannot be truly Christian, yet teach ‘another gospel’, a different way to go to Heaven than what God’s Holy Word teaches.

Ecumenism, is NOT obedient Christianity!  Merely the thin end of the religious wedge that accepts fully, or partially, what God’s Word rejects, and leads unlearned souls back in under the darkness of Rome in disobedience to 2nd Corinthians, chapter 6, which teaches clearly the doctrine of Spiritual Separation. 

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness (having the righteousness of Christ imputed by grace through faith in Christ’s Sacrifice.) with unrighteousness?  And what communion hath light with darkness? … Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord.”  (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) Thus, we take our STAND.

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto ANOTHER GOSPEL (teaching other ways of Salvation): which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”  (Galatians 1:6-9)

“Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby ye must be saved.”  (Acts 1:12)

“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but my Me.”  (John 14:6)

Mass-sacrificing priests; Popes; ‘very very very right reverends’; ritualistic meetings, no matter how ‘religiously’ they are attended; ‘vain repetition’ prayers, novenas, nor walking up mountains on broken glass on one’s knees – cannot save a sinner’s soul.  Only Christ can!

Faith, God-given, in the onetime Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross, is the only means of Eternal Salvation for sinful mankind.  ‘Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!’

Verse 4. “My soul is among lions.  Eleven Popes had that name (Leo), whereof all, excepting for two or three, were roaring lions in their bulls, and ravening lions in seeking after their prey.”  (John Boys 1560-1643)

Verse 4. “And I lie even among them that are set on fire. Like the bush in Horeb, the believer is often in the midst of flames, but never consumed.  It is a mighty triumph of faith when we can lie down even among firebrands and find rest, because God is our defence.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 257)

So often today, in this year of 2022, when so many are turning away from Bible truth and steadfast Bible doctrine, I have sound Christians who love the Lord Jesus, all coming to my home with the same complaint: ‘I can find no Scripturally sound place of local worship!’

 They, like myself, are soul-sick of trying to attend ‘places of worship’, where, due to our knowledge of KJV Bible beliefs, we can no longer sit and listen to what is being preached and taught from pulpits – without going home filled with a critical spirit and a righteous anger at the preached error, or lack of Scriptural depth, of what we have just heard.  

So many genuine, Bible-believing, Spiritually regenerate Christians, find ourselves battling with the ‘lions’ of easy-believism; doctrinal ignorance and error; and an insipid spirit of luke-warm churchianity.  Surely, we are in the ‘end times’, the times of the Laodicean church?

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the Creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot (i.e., one or the other).  So then because thou art luke-warm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of My mouth...be zealous therefore (a conclusion), and repent.”  (Revelation 3:14-22)

“The horrors of the lion’s den, the burning of a fiery furnace, and the cruel onset of war, are the striking images by which David here describes the peril and wretchedness of his present condition.”  (John Morison, 1929) 

Thought:  No matter what ‘lion’ you and I face today, beloved Christian – in Christ, we have the victory over it!  “...In all these things we are more than conquerors though Him that loved us.” (Romans 8.37) Glory to the risen Christ Jesus!