I once heard the story told of an old lady who was dying. Her friends had gathered around her bed. “She’s sinking fast” one of them said. At this point the old lady opened her eyes and said: “Oh no, I’m not sinking. You cannot sink through Rock:” (Lou Nicholes … More
Enemies were pressing upon David. His world had fallen apart. His own son Absalom had stolen the hearts of the men of Israel. His throne that had seemed so secure had been snatched from him. The nation had turned against him. David prays that God will speak directly to him. He addresses God as “my Rock,” the changeless one (v. 1). When surrounded by trouble or wickedness prayer is our only source of safety. Prayer is our best help when trials come our way because it keeps us in communion with God (vv. 2-3). David expresses complete trust that the Lord will answer his prayer and eventually overthrow the wicked. His complete assurance is in the power and loving-kindness of a God that fails not.
David cries out for the Lord to destroy his enemies (vv. 4-5). Hostile to the things of God, he says they deserved nothing but destruction. “Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.” The problem with many of us is that we try to take care of our enemies with our own hands rather than leaving it in the Lord’s hands like David did. David lifted up his heart in gratitude to the Lord (vv. 6-9). He praised the Lord for three things:
Even though we may not feel that we have been heard we still know that God has pledged Himself in hundreds of verses throughout the Word of God that He hears our prayers. He hears, He says so, and that should be good enough.
What have I prayed trusting God for recently? Have I left it in God’s hands or am I still trying to solve it by myself?
To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary. Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts. Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward. Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more. Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
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Psalms 25:8-14The Lord’s Guidance in a Christian Life
Psalms 25:15-22A Prayer For The Lord’s Deliverance
Psalms 26:1-12David’s Plea For Vindication
Psalms 27:1-7Confidence That Dispels Fear
Psalms 27:8-14Earnest Prayer in Faith
Psalms 28:1-9David Calls on Angels to Gorify The Lord
Psalms 29:1-11The Voice of The Lord in a Storm
Psalms 30:1-12The Blessing of Answered Prayer
Psalms 31:1-14A Prayer For Protection
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