David wrote this when the Philistines captured him in Gath. He had fled from Saul and pretended to be insane in front of Achish and the servants grew suspicious of him.
Verse 1 – Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he oppresses me.
Verse 2 – My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
Verse 3 – Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
Verse 4 – In God whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy soul and body in hell.”
Those are pretty strong and definite words that Jesus spoke. We know all kinds of things that can intentionally be done to another person, but no human being can destroy or take away the spirit (soul). David knew this because his trust was in God, he had comfort after death.
Verse 5 – All day they twist my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
Verse 6 – They gather together, they hide, they mark my steps, when they lie in wait for my life.
Verse 7 – Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God!
verse 8 – You number my wanderings put my tears into your bottle; are they not in Your book?
If God knows the very number of hairs on our head as Jesus said in Matthew 10:30, do not think He would see every tear and hear every cry? Too often we as Christians waver between faith and fear. Fear that, God doesn’t understand what our situation is; fear that He doesn’t hear us and is able to help us.
But faith says, “He hears, He knows, and He sees all.” Our Father in heaven knows every need and it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).
It is not God’s will to withhold. Sometimes we have to wait until everything is lined up according to His will. However, He promises that He will sustain us while we wait.
Verse 9 – When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know because God is for me.
verse 10 – In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord whose Word I praise,
Verse 11 – In god I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Verse 12 – Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God; I will render praise to You.
Verse 13 – For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not delivered my feet from falling, that I may walk before God, in the light of the living.
David probably couldn’t count the times God had delivered him from death. We probably can’t either, depending on the lifestyle we had before we came to Christ, it could be a lot.
Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that He who begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Every believer has been called by God to a work in the kingdom and He will see to it that it is complete – finished. That means He will deliver, protect, and supply everything we need to accomplish His will on this earth.