1Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
5Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defense.
10The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
God is My Defense!
There was no safe place for David. What had he done to deserve such treatment? King Saul, again seeking the life of David, sent his men to stand guard at David's house so that they might kill him when he returned to his home. David's only crime was that of being so popular with the people that the king was jealous--jealous enough to have him put to death.
As in times past when David was on the run from King Saul, he penned the words to what became part of the Psalms in our Bible. David was frustrated and angry, but never, even during such times as this, did David forget God.
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defense. The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Is God our defense today? Can we rely upon Him in the same way David relied upon Him over 2000 years ago? We know the entire story--we know that David lived to be an old man after serving 40 years as king. However, we must remember that David, when he penned these words, did not know that. He knew that God had plans for him, but during times such as this his faith in God was sorely tried.
Would we be as faithful and confident in God if enemies were standing guard at our houses. If we were considered enemies of the state because of our faith in God, how far would our own personal faith extend? I am sure that, as Christians, we all wonder what our true answer would be, while hoping that we will never have to find out!
Now is the time we need to be reinforcing our faith in God. Now is the time we should be burying ourselves in God's Word, and seeking faith and fellowship with Him. Rather than being consumed by the cares of this world, we need to be found faithfully preparing ourselves for the next world.
In truth, this same God who laughed at the enemies of David will laugh at our enemies as well. We can say, with David, God is my defense. By God's grace, let us immerse ourselves in His Word and pray that He will grow us in our faith and love for Him, that we would find our times of fellowship with Him to be filled with joy and peace.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,