Prayer and Praise for Deliverance From Enemies
Meditation of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.
1 O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, 2 lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands, 4 if I have repaid evil to him who was at piece with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause, 5 let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes, let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; rise up for me to the judgement You have commanded! 7 So the congregation of the people shall surround You; for their sakes therefore return on high. 8 The LORD shall judge the people’s; judge me O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me. 9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to and end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. 10 My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. 11 God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. 13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.
14. Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown. 17 I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the LORD Most High.
The following commentary is taken from Warren W Wiersbe’s Book, ‘BE Worshipful’.
The theme is God’s vindication of His servant and judgment on his enemies (vv. 6, 8, 11). The psalm describes four different judgements.
1. Other People Judge Us Wrongly (vv. 1-2). Cush lied about David; therefore Saul persecuted and pursued David (vv. 1, 5, 13). David fled to the Lord for refuge……because the Lord knew that David was innocent of Saul’s accusations. When today people falsely accuse us and create problems for us, we should follow David’s example and find a refuge in the Lord. But let’s be sure that we are suffering wrongfully and not because of our own foolishness or disobedience (Matt. 5:11-12; 1 Peter 3:13-17).
2. We Judge Ourselves Honestly (vv. 3-5). David affirmed his integrity before the Lord and asked the Supreme Judge to vindicate him because his hands were clean. David wasn’t claiming to be sinless; he was stating he was blameless in his motives and actions (v. 8;…..). If indeed David was guilty of sin, he was willing to accept God’s discipline; but he knew that his hands were pure……How important it is that we are open and honest with both our Lord and ourselves…..
3. God Judges Sinners Righteously (vv. 6-13). David didn’t take the situation into his own hands; rather, he turned Saul and his scheming men over to the Lord. Only God’s Holy anger could truly vindicate David……David knew that danger was near, and he wanted the Lord to move into action…… It’s during these times when God seems inactive that we get impatient and want to see things happen immediately. But God is more long-suffering then we are, and we must wait for Him to work in His time……God’s love is a holy love, and if God loves righteousness, He must also hate wickedness.
4. Sin Itself Judges Sinners Ultimately (vv. 14-17)……There is a work of divine retribution in this world, and nobody can escape it……The psalm closes with David extolling the Lord, not for the fact that sinners have been judged, but because the righteousness of God has been magnified. The fact that people are ensnared by their own sins and ultimately judged brings no joy to the hearts of believers, but the fact that God is glorified and His righteousness exalted does cause us to praise Him. God judges sin because He is holy and His decrees are just (v. 6). “Even so Father; for it seemed good in thy sight” (Luke 10:21). Finally, keep in mind that God gave His own Son to die for the sins of the world, so that He might uphold His own holy law and at the same time offer His mercy and grace to all who will believe.
God is always here for us. He will always listen when we cry out to Him in times of trouble. He also will discipline us when we disobey, which teaches us valuable life lessons. Praise the Lord daily whether you are experiencing good times or bad. He is always worthy to be praised.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.