Author: David – devoted trust in times of trouble
Verse 1 – Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy.
Verse 2 – Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; save Your servant who trusts You!
Verse 3 – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long.
Verse 4 – Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Verse 5 – For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
When we call on the name of Jesus, mercy comes running! His kindness and goodness cause us to change our ways to His ways. The Lord had shown David mercy time after time. Throughout the Bible you see mercy and grace for God’s people.
Verse 6 – Give, ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
Verse 7 – In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.
Just knowing God is always there when there seems to be no relief in sight, is enough to sustain us in our troubles. We wait and pray, giving thanks to the One who knows how to bring you out!
Verse 8 – Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; nor are there any works like Your works.
Verse 9 – All nations whom You have made, shall come and worship before You, O Lord.
Verse 10 – For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God.
The revelation that comes to every believer, that God alone, is God and is able to do what no other can do, is overwhelming! Sometimes we have to remind ourselves, our problem is not unique. God made a way out before we ever saw a problem. Everything that was created was created by Him, through Him, and for Him.
Colossians 1:16 – For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
So if, and they are, all things created through and for Him, shouldn’t we know that He alone can deliver us from the enemy? And because the principalities are also under His authority, shouldn’t we trust in His ways in how to defeat them?
To my readers: Please don’t think that I already know all of this, because sometimes I learn it while I’m studying, just like you.
Verse 11 – Teach me Your way, O Lord, I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.
Verse 12 – I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forever more.
Verse 13 – For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Sheol, Hades – The place of the dead. It’s Old Testament meaning moves between the grave and the underworld, and the state of death. It was a place of darkness, silence (Psalm 94:17), and forgetfulness (Psalm 88:12). Occasionally it is associated with God;’s judgment, but God is present there (Psalm 139:8) and able to rescue people from it (Psalm 16:10).
Later Jewish literature divided Sheol between the wicked and the righteous. Look at Jesus parable of the rich ruler and Lazarus, the beggar (Luke 16:9).
The good news: Jesus holds the key to Hades and to death itself (Revelation 1:18), their power is broken (Revelation 6:8), and both will be banished forever (Revelation 20:13).
Verse 14 – O God, the proud have risen against me, and a mob of violent men have sought my life, and have not set You before them.
Verse 15 – But You O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering and abundant mercy and truth.
We don’t have to look at David’s life to see God’s mercy. Take a good look at your own life. Did God not have compassion and mercy on each of us before and after coming to the knowledge of Christ? He sure did! He waited patiently and the mercy He has shown me is indescribable.
Verse 16 – Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant.
Verse 17 – Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Should we ask for a sign from God when praying? Signs are not ultimatums though, giving God an either, or to such and such. That’s kind of placing God in our little limited choices. However, we can ask for a sign to His will in decisions we are about to make. Just don’t tell Him how to do it. He always knows best.