This psalm of David made a bold contrast between the rewards of the wicked and the righteous. It is natural for a righteous person to become discouraged and possibly envious when he sees the earthly prosperity and power of a wicked person. One may fall, but the hand of the Lord will lift him up. Throughout the verses of this poem, the psalmist urged patience and trust among God’s people. The riches of this world are only temporary, but the inheritance of the righteous is eternal. As David concluded his psalm, he stated, “The future of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord…”
David was a man after God’s own heart, BUT as a man, he also had sin in his life. The first thing one must do to find forgiveness is to become aware of his sinful condition. At times, it was necessary for David’s sins to be pointed out to him. The same is true today as we sometimes struggle to please God. In penitence, the psalmist confessed the wretched condition of his soul and humbly pled for God’s forgiveness and salvation.