Jun. 2. Psalm of Praise; Prayers for Deliverance

Ps. 139:1-141:10; 143:1-12

The psalmist, David was aware of the presence of God in his every action. Even though God’s knowledge is vast and incomprehensible to man, it is also personal with each individual. He is our maker and protector. One may try to escape His presence, but H e is in the highest heavens, deepest caves, brightest days and darkest nights; whether on land or sea—comfort for the righteous and terror for the wicked. God was present at our conception, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” MAN HAS NO RIGHT TO DESTROY THE NEW LIFE THAT GOD HAS CREATED. David closed his psalm with a cry of vengeance against the wicked and a plea for his own guidance “in the way everlasting.”

As a righteous man, the psalmist approached God with a lament of grief over the actions of evil men, possibly Saul and his armies. Righteous men today have those same struggles with the evil around them. Violent schemes are continually being planned for the destruction both physically and spiritually of the righteous. Like David, we have the Lord for our salvation if we will only trust and obey Him. With confidence, David called for God’s hand to heap punishment upon the wicked and, “The upright shall dwell in Your presence.”

David recognized that not all of his enemies were other men. Sometimes one can be his own worst enemy. He prayed for God to help him to keep his own mouth and actions from evil words and works. The psalmist also asked that he be open to the chastisement of others on his behalf. As in many of his other psalms, David concluded by calling for the overthrow of his enemies and God’s protection for himself.

The psalmist, David called upon the Lord for merciful judgment since in His sight, no one is righteous. He asked God for revival to the days of old before he had been overwhelmed by devastation by his enemies. David called for speedy action lest he be destroyed soon. He prayed for God to show him the way to righteousness and to give him relief from his enemies. In humility, he prayed that God would teach him His will and lead him in the land of uprightness. “For I am Your servant.” We should be that humble.