Vs. 1, “Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.” When we chosen to be a righteous people, there will always be enemies lurking to attack. King David makes the wise decision to consult the Lord for help (vs. 1-3). Because of their wickedness, David pleads that God would bring judgment upon them (vs. 4-8). His faith enables him to thank the Lord and praise Him even before God delivers (vs. 9-10; 17-18; 28). Like a courtroom setting, David is opposed by false accusers (vs. 11-16). He prays that his enemies would not gloat over him (vs. 19-27).
Regarding application…God’s Timing. Vs. 17, “How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.” Question: How is your patience? Sometimes, we just need to have a little patience. God timing is always perfect. Our task is to wait until God delivers. Metaphorically, we are like children constantly asking our parents, “How much longer?” on a road trip. It’s okay to ask, but we must remember not to complain with a bitter heart. Question: What’s the difference? David was lamenting, yet he was able to praise the Lord.