For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?” 1 Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth. 3 Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me— people without regard for God. 4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. 5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them. 6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good. 7 You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
When my boys were young they would get extremely upset at injustice. When reprimanded for something they’d done they wouldn’t like it, but if they were reprimanded for something they hadn’t done they would be much more upset. The injustice of the situation would exaggerate their complaint. Here we see David doing the same thing.
In this psalm we see David crying out to God when he had been betrayed by the people whom he thought he could trust. David ‘s prayer seems somewhat overdone – he calls them arrogant and ruthless – people devoid of God. He calls for revenge on those people – something which our modern, western mindsets recoil from.
But David’s prayer is passionate. His exaggeration is not really because he wants destruction, but to emphasise his hurt and need for help. He is crying out for God to rescue and sustain him.
What I love most is that, having called out passionately, David is completely assured of God’s answer. He presents offerings to God, not because he has already been rescued, but in anticipation of the salvation that he knows is coming.
Father, thank you that you hear me. Help me to always turn to you in times of trouble. I praise you because I know you will answer. Thank you for your love for me.
Written by Megan Cornell