Verse 1 – Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Verse 2 – Attend to me, and hear me; I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,
Verse 3 – Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they bring down trouble upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
This was probably written when Absalom was rebelling against David in 2 Samuel 16:78.
It’s perfectly alright to tell God when your scared. That’s part of having an intimate relationship with Him, telling Him all. Even though He sees straight into your heart and knows all things, He still wants us to talk to Him.
Verse 4 – My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Verse 5 – Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and honor have overwhelmed me.
David was in fear for his life from his own son. I believe he was more terrified of what was going to happen to Absalom for his rebellion than he was for himself. David knew God would protect him because God had protected him in the past through every battle. David also knew God would do it again even if it meant the demise of his own son. That’s scary and that’s what happened to Absalom.
Verse 6 – And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away and be at rest.
Verse 7 – Indeed, I would wander off and remain in the wilderness. Selah
Verse 8 – I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”
Even those who are close to God, as David was, would like to escape the pressures of life at times. But God says He will keep those in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.
Verse 9 – Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Verse 10 – Day and night they go around it on its walls; iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it.
Verse 11 – Destruction is in the midst; deceit and guile do not depart form the streets.
David was referring to the trouble that was visible from within the city walls. The people were divided between whose side they were on after Absalom ran David out of the palace.
This can relate to inside a church body or inside a household too. If it is divided against itself, it will fall!
Verse 12 – For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has magnified himself against me; then I could hide from him.
Verse 13 – But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance.
Verse 14 – We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.
I don’t think anything stings more than being betrayed by a close friend or a family member. Someone you have sat beside in the house of God, prayed together with, and worshiped with, stab you in the back one day for no apparent reason. This has happened to me several times and I still wonder why. They didn’t gain anything by what they did. Maybe they were only going through the motions of being who they said they were, but their actions proved otherwise, I moved on.
Verse 15 – Let death seize them; let him go down alive to hell for wickedness is in their dwelling and among them.
This verse is in reference to the original Korah and what happened to him and all his rebellious followers against Moses. In case some of you forgot the story:
Numbers 16:31-33 – Then it came to pass as he (Moses) finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, (Verse 32) and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah with all their goods. (Verse 33) So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the congregation.
Verse 16 – As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me.
Verse 17 – Evening and morning and at noon I will praise and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.
Daniel followed this same pattern (Daniel 6:10) as did Peter (Acts 10:9, 10). Our prayers are effective against the evil that’s in the world. Your prayers will send God’s angels to guide and protect you.
Verse 18 – He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle which was against me, for their were many against me.
Verse 19 – God will hear, and afflict them, even He who abides from old. Selah Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God.
Verse 20 – He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; he has broken his covenant.
Verse 21 – The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet were drawn swords.
This verse kind of reminds me how some politicians talk. Their words are easy on the ears with a lot of promises, bu they only want to continue to get re-elected for “all the money” that they will receive while in office (just my opinion).
Verse 22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
We’ve got to learn to trust the One who sustains us through every trouble. Worrying about something that only Jesus can fix is not trusting our Huge God!” He is able and He is willing. He will sustain you through your storm.
Verse 23 – But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust You.
Trust that God will bring justice to you, in His timing. He sees everything that come against you. But we must remember; God waited on us also to turn our lives toward Him and His ways and to believe on His Son. So, lets not be too hasty in what we think should happen to another.