This psalm was written when David fled from Saul and went to a cave (1 Samuel 22-24).
Verse 1 – Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.
Verse 2 – I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me.
Verse 3 – He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah God shall send forth His mercy and truth.
Here in America, in this day and time, we don’t have a king after us that wants to kill us, but not every believer lives in the protection of the US. There are believers all over the world who fight daily for their survival because they believe in Jesus Christ.
So, when David asks God to send from heaven His mercy and truth he was asking for a Mighty God to have compassion on him in the state he was in, right then. God’s truth is His Word and His Word when spoken, never returns to Him without accomplishing what it set out to do – deliver.
Verse 4 – My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men who are set on fire, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Verse 5 – Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth.
Verse 6 – They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down; they have dug a pit before me; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah
Verse 7 – My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
So what did David mean when he said his “heart was steadfast?” He knew that no matter what his enemies tried to do to him his confidence was in God. He knew God was faithful and was always there. I call it “Stubborn faith.” Knowing whatever situation I’m in, my God is greater and able to deliver.
Verse 8 – Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
Verse 9 – I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.
Verse 10 – For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds.
Verse 11 – Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth.
When praises go up, blessings come down!