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 Strangers are attacking me; ruthless men seek my life men without regard for God. Selah
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, O LORD, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”
A theme I was developing today as I was studying the psalms is it is God who seeks after us, not us after God. However, once we reach out to the seeking God then it should become our desire to seek after Him. The New American Standard Bible titles Isaiah fifty-five as “The Free Offer of Mercy”. This chapter presents the center of God’s message to the world “Everyone who thirsts, come…and delight yourself in abundance”. However, this focus of seeking changes when we have heard the Word and open the heart door to accept God’s mercy. The message of verses three and six found in Isaiah fifty-five is clear “Give ear and come to me” “Seek the Lord while he may be found” clearly points us to seek after God. Why? Isaiah answers this in verse eight “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not our ways”. To seek God then should become the desire for all Christian. And in this process, we will become more Christ-like in everything we do.
But as the reader of this psalm will notice this is not the theme of this psalm. The theme of this psalm is for God to save David and vindicate him from those who are trying to destroy him. In this psalm we see how David handles the events concerning those ruthless men who seek to destroy him. David’s way was to turn it over to God to handle. David’s prayer to God was to sustain him and let God be the one to destroy them. This is God’s way, not the way of men. So how do we react to those who try to slander and destroy us? How do we handle the attaches that we face from the godless people in our life who does not know God’s way?
This problem can even get harder to handle when ungodly men turn the grace of God into lasciviousness and makes it look like they are the godly ones and you are the wicked one. David answers this with verse seven of this psalm “for he has delivered me from all my troubles and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes”. Therefore as we seek after God, we will see his way becomes our way as we wait on him to complete His purpose in us. How do we know this is happening? It happens when the peace of God that passes all understanding is within you and you know that everything is working together to make you more Christ-like in your daily walk.
This is not an overnight process. Remember David spend seven years of his life running from Saul. It was during the lowest points of these seven years that we see David looking to the intervene of God’s hand in past events to give him the assurance of future victories. Sometimes at our lowest point God’s sends words of encouragement. During this time of running from Saul, Jonathan Saul’s son arose and went to David and strengthened David’s hand in the Lord.