1 To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. 2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. 3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. 4 Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve. 5 Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again. 6 Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. 8 The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. 9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.
This is a prayer that calls on God for help, the foundation and hope of the prayer is completely based on God’s character. That God sees the truth and judges fairly, that God is faithful to his promises to his people, that God is interested in strengthening those who turn to him. These are the truths about God’s character that David is depending on, and it gives him great joy to cast all his hopes on his God.
Lord, I need to know who you are if I am to know the hope and joy that comes from trusting in you. Trust comes when I know the one I am trusting in. Lord, help me get to know you more, teach me who you are as I put my trust in you.
Written by Andrew Mellor