Vs. 1, “Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” I appreciate how the Lord does not hide the ups and downs of life. King David looks around at all the ungodly and wondered, “What’s up Lord?” The experiences of David as a humble shepherd to the king of Israel would give him plenty of exposure to the wicked unbelievers (vs. 1-11). We ourselves can attest to the haughty attitude of those who live as if they are above any laws. They are dangerous people who devour those around them. I can imagine David’s cry for vengeance as he puts pen to paper and realizes the seemingly effective ways of the wicked (vs. 12-15). But David declares by faith that the LORD will not forget the oppressed (vs. 16-18).
Regarding application…God Encourages. Vs. 17, “You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” When we see the injustices of this world, it’s easy to grow discouraged. However, David is encouraged after it’s all said and done. Question: What would cause David to come to this solution? He was honest to the Lord. The fact that David was able to articulate his thoughts and record them gave him the perspective he needed. Question: How does God encourage you? We have many avenues; church, prayer, people, etc. One of the most important ways is to stay connected by allowing God to speak to us through the Bible.