Higgaion is an obscure word indicating musical notation (v.16); and it may be somewhat similar to cadenza in music. It allows a player to improvise and is in line with the idea of meditations as the means for communicating with our heart. We have an idea of this in the Book of Daniel.”But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself(Dan.1:8)”. There are those for whom there is no qualms.”Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink,..Col.2:16a)”
Similarly we put our faith to work. How and when are matters for you to decide. The woman who suffered under an issue of blood for 12 years was in the crush about Jesus and she needed healing. So what did she do? We shall examine the passage:
“And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,/44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched./45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?/46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me (Matt.8:43-45)”.
We are not merely a face in the crowd; but how we put our faith to work is natural and like the fall of a sparrow it gets a hearing. God knows His thoughts towards us and it is of peace. So faith wherever we be, was first set in our heart by God. It is creative faith and it connects. The Spirit has thus given faith its universality and in terms of faith God is first among equals. It is what the Firstborn of all creation means.
We shall review v.16. Our faith is creative and it touches a chord no matter what the situation is. Daniel had a problem and required guidance from above. It took some 21 days for him to get a response: “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words(Dan.10:12-13)”. When we speak of two worlds about each of us, there are hidden undercurrents that touch us as well as others. God as Power and Wisdom sets each in such manner to give an expected end; It is what is meant by the first part of this verse:” The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth:” On the other hand the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. In order to understand this only consider the ‘controversial Russian meddling’ of 2016 US Presidential election. Because of the secret meetings and dubious unsavory ‘influencers’ operating between the Trump team and Russia during the pre-election days rightly or wrongly Trump Presidency has been bogged in controversy. He was ensnared as to be a lame duck President.
“I will rejoice in thy salvation.” is the refuge on which the Psalmist rests. All verses before v.16 can be hedged by this trust. Selah. In hope his meditations of vv.17-20 rests :”Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men”. Selah. These are eternal and it worked for David, Daniel and also for us.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.