Author: David – A Psalm of David When He Ran From His Son Absalom
Verse 1 – Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
Verse 2 – Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
David was being surrounded by an army that wanted to kill him and take the throne. David could have trusted his army to defeat Absalom, but instead depended on God’s mercy, therefore, he was at peace with whatever the outcome. Selah occurs 71 times in Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk. Its precise use is unknown, however, it most likely was a musical sign. Maybe it was a phrase like “Amen” meaning “so be it,” or “Hallelujah,” meaning praise the Lord.
Verse 3 – But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
Verse 4 – I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
David implies that God answers when we cry out. Mount Moriah, God’s Holy Hill. Zion is where Solomon would build the temple (2 Chronicles 3:1).
Verse 5 – I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
We don’t sleep peacefully when in a crises, but David knew the Lord would watch over him. What made David’s sleep peaceful? David knew that when he cried out God heard him. The assurance of answered prayer will bring peace.
Verse 6 – I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
Verse 7 – Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! for you have stuck all my enemies on the cheekbone; you have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Verse 8 – Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon your people.
David proclaimed the victory before the battle was ever fought. He did this before when he told Goliath that “this day I will take your head!” When we pray, don’t pray the problem. God knows the problem. We should pray the deliverance in agreement to what God’s Word says. We are victorious through Christ Jesus! He is able to deliver.