Where do you turn in difficult times? Where do you turn when you are in danger? Often we turn to ourselves, the police, the army, or some other people for protection and rescue. In this Psalm, David reminds us it is God to whom we should turn first. It is God who will save us. Verses 1-2 read,
“O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.”
David could trust God, because He knew Him and He knew God’s character. He knew God is faithful, steadfast, and almighty. He knew what God had done for Him and for Israel in the past. David called The Lord Elohim in these first four verses. Elohim, God the Creator, a plural name which refers to God The Father, Son, and Spirit reminds us that we belong to The Lord. He made us, He bought with His blood, and He indwells us as His Holy Temple.
Because we are His, God doesn’t take kindly to our enemies. He protects and cares for His children. He avenges us. 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8 says,
“This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”
Verses 3-5 read,
“For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
4 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.”
In Verse 4 David refers to the Lord by the names Adonai and my Helper, the Upholder of my life. Adonai means Lord and Master. He has Authority over us, He has sovereignty over us and so we can lean on Him and allow Him to take care of our needs including protection. It is interesting to note that Adonai is also a plural name once again alluding to our three-fold God, Father, Son, and Spirit.
David knew God and trusted Him to not only hear his prayer but protect Him, deliver him, and keep him alive even as Saul sought desperately to kill him, even as people (The Ziphites) who should have helped him betrayed him. (1 Samuel 23).
In the midst of David’s turmoil with the same breath he used to ask the Lord for Help, he thanked God and told Him he would give a freewill offering of thanksgiving. Verses 6-7 read,
“With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.”
The name David used in verse 6 is Jehovah, or Yahweh. This name is unique to The One True God. It is His ultimate supreme name, the name He calls Himself. It refers to His eternal divinity.
David knew that with the Lord, He was triumphant. He knew God had anointed him for a purpose. He was the rightful King of Israel. He had a great purpose. You and I, fellow Believers are also anointed for a great purpose, we are royalty, and we are the bride of Christ. We can trust The Lord created us, chose us, protects us, avenges us, and exalts us.
We do not have to turn to people to help us. People are fallible, they can fail us. But The LORD will never fail us or forsake us. He leads and we follow. He uses people to help us. He uses people to encourage us. We can let Him be God for us and He will send help our way. We chase God, not help. He is our Creator, our Master, and The One True Living Eternal God.