For the director of music. A miktam of David after the Philistines had captured him in Gath. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oak Trees.” 1 Help me, God. Men are chasing me. All day long they keep attacking me. 2 My enemies chase me all day long. Many proud people are attacking me. 3 When I’m afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 I trust in God. I praise his word. I trust in God. I am not afraid. What can mere people do to me? 5 All day long they twist my words. They are always making plans to destroy me. 6 They get together and hide. They watch my steps. They hope to kill me. 7 Because they are so evil, make sure you don’t let them escape. God, bring down the nations in your anger. 8 Make a record of my sadness. List my tears in your book. Aren’t you making a record of them? 9 My enemies will turn back when I call out to you for help. Then I will know that God is on my side. 10 I trust in God. I praise his word. I trust in the Lord. I praise his word. 11 I trust in God. I am not afraid. What can mere people do to me? 12 God, I have made promises to you. I will bring my thank offerings to you. 13 You have saved me from the darkness of death. You have kept me from tripping and falling. Now I can live with you in the light of life.
David faces fierce opposition from his enemies, who are out to destroy him. I notice that in the midst of describing his difficulties he takes positive action. David requests God’s help, chooses to trust God, chooses to praise God and chooses to thank God. David does not deny the seriousness of the opposition, he states it plainly.
What challenges me is the way he also plainly states God’s ability in his requests. David is aware of his problem but he is also aware of God’s power and that God is for him. It is this consciousness of God’s power that enables him to declare confidently, ‘what can man do to me?’
I am very good at describing my problems… but I am not so well-practiced in being conscious of God’s power and declaring it over my situation. God, please help me to be like David and to take positive action in the face of difficulty. Help me to request your help, praise you, trust you and thank you. Help me to see and believe that walking in victory really is that simple. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh