May 25. Psalms of David, Continued

Ps. 31:1-24; 35:1-36:12

In an era when man trusts in his own strength and power, one should follow the example of David as he turned to the Lord for His strength and protection in times of persecution and distress. He stated numerous laments over the pursuits, traps and slanders of his enemies. As with everyone, he also had health issues. However, in all of those trials, the psalmist maintained his trust for, “You are my God.” He praised God for His goodness as he was protected in a strong city. As David found refuge in Ziklag from the army of Saul, we also may receive the protection of God as if in a strong city, “All you who hope in the Lord.”

The psalmist continued lamenting to the Lord about his persecutions. In calling for the punishment of his enemies, one might conclude that David was vindictive and harsh. However, he was pleading his case to a just God to mete out a fair justice against the wicked. They had plotted his destruction, had rewarded him evil for good and had hated him without a valid reason. This psalm described a period in David’s life that could well have been during the pursuits of King Saul. It also described the time when his son, Absalom was seeking his life. As in his other laments and pleas, David was thankful as he expressed his hope and faith that God would deliver him.

David described various characteristics of the wicked. The wicked person was summed up as, “There is no fear of God before his eyes.” He followed that with a direct contrast as he described the fullness of God’s house—mercy, faithfulness, righteousness, judgments and loving-kindness. The psalm ended with a prayer.