1 Hasten, O God, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.
2 May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!”
5 Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.
As I read this psalm, I can picture Christ praying this during his earthly ministry. The message of God’s love and the way of his righteousness was not only rejected but was opposed by the very ones he was sent to share the good news of God’s salvation. As you read this psalm ask yourself this simple which group would I be in: those who desire Christ’s ruin, or those who love your salvation? Those who seek his ruin will be turned back in disgrace; those who love his salvation will praise the Lord.
As I study the psalms the theme of Isaiah 53 which is title in my Bible as “The suffering and triumph servant” appears quite often. Once I really started studying the Bible in detail my pastor point me to Isaiah 53. He told me that this passage would reveal the entire ministry of Christ to me. The passage really starts in Isaiah 52:13 with the introduction of my servant by the God of Israel. In these passages we see this servant presented as a tender shoot and a root out of dried ground. He had not beauty that we should desire to know him.
However, it goes on and states: he was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed. He was oppressed, and was afflicted; He was taken from prison and for judgment and for our transgressions was he stricken. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him and he put him grief; when He shall make his soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed, and shall prolong his days and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
So as I study the psalms I must realize that I see two ways: one that seeks to destroy God and those who follow His way, or those who seek refuge in God for help and security from danger. Paul speaks of this battle in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” There as I study the psalms I realized why the theme of many of these psalms focuses on the battle of right and wrong, a battle of the ungodly and the godly. The battles that David fought in his days are the same we will face as we sojourned of this earth. This sojourned is made more precious for us since we seek for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God.