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David describes his enemies and his sufferings. He compares them to cruel and insensitive beasts: bulls, the lion (vv. 13, 21), dogs (vv. 16, 20), and wild oxen (v. 21). When men reject God’s truth they become like beasts. Just imagine all of these blood thirsty beasts surrounding a little worm! Because of his enemies’ attacks, David’s strength was sapped from him like poured out water and his bones felt like they were out of joint. His heart was like melted wax, his strength was gone and his mouth was dry. He was brought to the very brink of death.
God the Son and God the Father had never been separated until that eventful moment at Calvary. Thus, the Son cried, “Be not far from me ... for there is none to help” (v. 11). When the Lord Jesus looked down from the cross, He saw the priests, rulers, scribes, Pharisees, and others gathered around Him like an infuriated herd of wild bulls (v. 12). David prayed that the Lord would help him by saving his life from the power of his wicked enemies who were like dogs (v. 16), lions (v. 13), and wild oxen (v. 21). He became confident that he had been heard (v. 21).
In comparing this to the crucifixion of our Lord, His enemies were like these beasts standing strong and threatening around His cross. His strength was gone so that he could not carry the cross to Golgotha’s hill. The one who began His public ministry by being hungry, ended it by being thirsty. During all of this He cried out to the Father and was certain He had been heard.
How would I react if I was placed under tremendous persecution like many who have lived in countries under the suffering of a strong dictatorship? The key is to how I react to smaller struggles in my life today. I need to get in the habit of crying out to the Lord about small things.
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help. Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet-- I can count all my bones-- they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
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