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.