Vs. 2, “Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.” Yesterday’s previous chapter was an evening psalm, and today is a morning one. I can imagine having composed this psalm of lament and prayer the next morning. David sets the example for all of us as the first thing he does is turn to the Lord (vs. 1-3). As David grows in the knowledge of the LORD, he is able to make true statements about God’s character (vs. 4-6). Rather than pat himself on the back when comparing himself to his enemies, David simply bows in reverence (vs. 7). Because enemies beset David on all sides, he prays that the LORD would lead him through the dangers (vs. 8-12).
Regarding application…Trusting in Troubled Times. Vs. 12, “Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Question: What would cause David to turn to the LORD? Troubled times. Let me remind all of us a very simple truth: the enemy targets the righteous. It’s these very troubled times that actually help the believer grow in their faith. Like a muscle that must be torn to grow bigger, our faith must be challenged to grow. When there is no trouble in our lives, we might linger and get ourselves into trouble that does not build Christian character. King David had already experienced this with Bathsheba. So when we find ourselves in trouble because of our intention to walk with the LORD, find comfort to know that our God is with us!