We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
This psalm is a prayer for deliverance from the plots and slander of unscrupulous enemies. Many times in David’s life, he suffered under the pressure of evil and violent men. This desperate song came from such a time (probably when he was in hiding from Saul) and shows its urgency by not beginning with praise or contemplation. David went straight to his plea.
Verses 1-7: The more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to God. We should especially pray, that the Lord would hold up our daily coming and going and that our footsteps do not slip. God is as able to keep us from false accusation or unjustified attacks and the experience we have had of his power and care, in dangers of one kind, may encourage us to depend upon him in other dangers (see also Matthew 5:11-12).
Verses 8-11: David appeals to God to thwart and punish the unrighteous who threaten him but in verses 12-13 he is content to leave things to God rather than exact revenge himself. A good lesson for us too (see Romans 12:17).
Lord, one day everyone will have to stand before you where everything in our lives is exposed. May we remember this when we are wronged, that we can be confident that we can leave justice to you alone.