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 listen to the messages that are in the world around me the message of Christ and the price that was paid with his death on the cross seems to be lost even during the Easter season that we are now approaching. May I be along those who love the salvation that the Lord provdes. The words in verse five “Yet I am poor and needy, come quickly to me” can also be use to describe this generation. These words are like those that John used to describe the condition of the church of Laodicea in the Revelations chapter three. The corruption of mankind in this world can be seen all around us. And yet the focus of the church today making the world around it a better place and in the process forgetting the message of the cross.
We must realize that we are all poor and needy, and no matter how hard we try we can’t change the course of the evil in this world. We are given the instruction on how to try to live peaceable with all man; however, with the ungodly this s almost impossible. We must realize that in our fallen state we can never achieve perfection. Instead, we are to strive to live each day as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God. This is only possible if we live in the power of God’s Word. We can try to change the world to be a better place; however, we must realize that we are in a war and that the enemy is continually trying to destroy our works. However, there will come a day that God will judge all men. The only hope for anyone is that they accept the free gift of God for their salvation and that is the Lord Jesus. This is the true message of the gospel.