This psalm was probably written when David was in the house with his wife, Saul’s daughter Michal, and Saul had sent men to kill him (1 Samuel 19:11-17).
Verse 1 – Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.
Verse 2 – Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men.
Verse 3 – For look, they lie in wait for my life; the mighty gather against me, not for my transgressions nor for my sin, O Lord.
Verse 4 – They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.
I think it’s amazing that while on the run from Saul’s men who wished to kill him, David could find the time to write down a psalm that will be read by millions of people centuries later. I started writing a journal way back when I rededicated myself to the Lord. The good things that happened to me and the not so good things people did to me are all written down, but I never had a king that wished to kill me. David wrote theses psalms while it was happening. (Where did he even find a pencil? Sorry, just a little humor.)
When you find yourself in trouble, do you spend more time with God, or do you neglect time in prayer? I personally, can’t get enough of prayer and His Word, because I know that is what’s going to deliver me.
Verse 5 – You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to punish all the nations; do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah
A verse is easy to quote when we think we haven’t done any wrong, especially when we want to quote it about someone or to them. David really hadn’t done anything to Saul because his “biggy” with Bathsheba hadn’t been committed yet.
Truth – We’ve all done wrong, transgressed, and sinned and we all need God’s mercy, but David didn’t see it that way in these verses.
Verse 6 – At evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go around the city.
Verse 7 – Indeed, they belch out with their mouth; swords are in their lips; for they say, “Who hears?”
Verse 8 – But You, O Lord shall laugh at them; You shall have all the nations in derision.
verse 9 – O You his Strength, I will wait for You.
Evil people live as though God cannot see and will not punish because punishment doesn’t come right away, but sometimes it does. God is a patient God and He brings justice in His timing. How do we not know that God is not waiting for them to turn towards Him? Only He knows if they will or not.
Verse 10 – My merciful God shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
David was being hunted by those whose love had turned to jealousy. Trusted friends and including his won son Absalom, had turned against him. God’s mercy to all who love Him is just as permanent as his mercy was towards David. When all others fail you, know that there’s a God who will always be there for you because He loves you.
Verse 11 – Do not slay them, lest my people forget; scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
Verse 12 – For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride, and for the cursing and lying which they speak.
Verse 13 – Consume them to wrath, consume them, that they may not be; and let them know that God rules in Jacob, to the ends of the earth. Selah
Verse 14 – And at evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go all around the city.
Verse 15 – They wander up and down for food, and howl if they are not satisfied.
Verse 16 – But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Verse 17 – To You, O my Strength, I will sing praise; for God is my refuge, the God of my mercy.