Steadfast is also translated as Fixed. One commentator suggests the psalmist was wavering and declares that his heart is now settled, and fixed.
The idea comes through that the psalmist’s heart is fully resolved to trust in G-D. To demonstrate this conviction, the psalmist declares he will sing and chant praises. He will challenge the day.
The separation between night and day is made with this declaration. It is as if the psalmist is putting away the struggles of the night and moving into the day, firm, steady, and trusting. He calls to the dawn to rise. As he challenges the day he calls for his own soul, his own life, to awaken. In this sense, too, the psalmist puts aside the night, and the slumber , however uneasy, in which he is now awakening.
The psalmist’s rising from darkness and the slumber of the night, the obscurity of a faceless life in the common place world, may be seen in other ways. Look at Isaiah’s Proclamation: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah (6-:1,2) Who is being called to “Arise”? We are. Our community. Our nation. The nation and people Israel. This is like being called to not just attend the Oscars, but to walk on the red carpet, to be seen by millions of viewers. Perhaps we’ll be awarded an Oscar for our life’s performance, for our deeds of valor, for our outstanding works. Our fifteen minutes of fame is at hand.
Recently, many people we’ve never really heard of have been called to enter the public arena of politics. Some are called to advisory positions, others to lead various governmental agencies. Naturally, we’re curious to know who are these people. From where did they come. What have they been doing all their lives. The news media begins to put a spotlight on these folks. Their lives are illuminated for all to see. All the spots and blemishes, obscured while in obscurity, stick out like a pimple on a fair face. For instance, the newly appointed director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, takes his office amid disclosures of controversial allegations from his past work. Questions arise about his qualifications for leading such a prestigious and important governmental agency. After all, he came from academia, a professor. Other examples abound, of course, such as the elephant in the room—many question a president’s qualifications when his background is business, with no actual political leadership experience, with no demonstrated diplomacy skills.
Given all this, how can a person arise from his (yes, or her) slumber of night and call upon the dawn, as has done the psalmist of Psalm 57:7,7/Psalm 108:1,2? Everyone of us has something hidden, something secret, in our past. There are no innocent adults in the world. We have all done something, and fallen short of worthiness for the glory walk on the red carpet. When the lights come on, our lives will be examined, and we will be found wanting. It’s just the way it is. Apostle Paul puts it this way: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
““Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:29) must be our cry also. We are going to see the dawn. The light is going to shine upon us, exposing our lives to examination. It may not be the news media that takes a look at us. It may not be any criminal prosecution that befalls us. But there is a trumpet that will sound, there is a physical death in our future. We will rise from that mortal end, to live eternally. Some, however, will live in eternal shame, while others in eternal glory.
“What must I do to be saved?” is the question we all must ask. Today, as the day dawns.
LORD Bless, Keep, Shine . . .