Vs. 1, “O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!” It is tough time for David as he is living with the consequences of sin. II Samuel 15 gives us the backdrop of this pslam as David’s son Absalom conspires to take over the kingdom. You can feel David’s grief as his world is falling away from him. I also wanted to mention the word “Selah” as this is the first of seven one occurences in the book of Psalms. Selah is believed to be a musical pause…though it’s exact meaning is not completely known. Don’t forget that Psalms were written with a musical intent behind it.
Regarding application…Peace in the Storm. Vs. 5, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” Think about what is going on here…imagine if your own son was chasing after you to kill you! We knew that David loved Absalom because he wept over him after Absalom fled upon killing his brother..and then restored him back in Jerusalem. Yet Absalom rebelled against his own father who loved him so. When can only imagine the anguish in David as he struggled throughout the night. Yet, God kept David alive and he was able to realize that only God could have kept him safe thus far. What an example for us when we go through storns in life! David’s storm was huge, so how much more should we be praising God when we go through smaller storms yet God’s providence protects us?!?!