Vs. 1, “LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!” This is our first Psalm that is attributed to King David. The background of this Psalm (lament) is a sober one, for David had to flee at night to escape his own son’s attempt to kill him (II Samuel 15, 16). As the king, he was already the target of many who wanted to see his demise (vs. 2). Having escaped the clutches of danger, David was able to declare the LORD’s hand in his deliverance (vs. 3-4). In the midst of the clear and present danger, David is able to find a peace that can only come through confidence in the LORD (vs. 5-8). On a side note: I’ll explain the “Selah.” The Selah appears only in Psalms except for one other occasion in Habakkuk. Scholars differ on the purpose of it. Some believe it is an instruction for silence, a notation for a musical interlude, instructions for the congregation to sing, etc. Early Jewish tradition believed it meant forever.
Regarding application…A Hero Comes Along. Vs. 8, “Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be upon Your people!” In the bigger picture of life, there are constant dangers we too face. While we may not get death threats like David or other leaders of this world; we are targeted by an unseen enemy. Much like Job, he did not realize he was the target of Satan the adversary. But, in comes the hero of hero’s; a hero far mightier than the Avengers and far mightier than the Guardians of the Galaxy. We love our hero themed movies and stories for a reason. The LORD Almighty has been the hero and champion of all creation from the very beginning of Genesis and through the Bible past Revelation and beyond! So the next time you feel in a tight squeeze, remember our psalm today!