1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me –
people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
Here is another psalm written by David in the midst of his running and hiding from Saul. It’s so hard, isn’t it, when someone we’ve had relationship with suddenly turns against us – especially when it seems to be out of jealousy rather than something we did to cause the relationship to break down.
David had been a loyal subject of Saul. He had fought and defeated the giant for him, but Saul couldn’t handle the fame and adulation this gave David. David’s actions were fine as long as they didn’t take away from Saul being top dog. David continues to be loyal to Saul, recognising him as God’s anointed man, but there is nothing that he can do to persuade Saul that he really isn’t in league against him.
In this psalm we see him throwing himself hard on God, knowing that only in Him will he find real rest and protection. I wonder whether his words in the last two verses are him reminding himself of God’s victories in the past or speaking them out prophetically for the future.
Questions for thought and discussion:
- If you are being brutally honest, do you see yourself more in David or Saul? Do you feel wronged by someone or are you struggling to celebrate another’s successes right now?
- How can we help our young people to learn to be people who celebrate others unconditionally – especially when it means taking a back seat in order to do so?