Psalm 54

Psalm 54 was written by David and refers to his betrayal by the Ziphites.  There were actually two times the Ziphites betrayed David unto King Saul, first in 1 Samuel 23 and the second in 1 Samuel 26. David escaped both times, but the circumstances of this Psalm seem to best fit the circumstances of 1 Samuel 23, when David learned of the Ziphite betrayal but before the deliverance of God was displayed (1 Samuel 23:26-29).  David cries out for God to step in and take care of him.  “O God, save me, by your name, and vindicate me by your might”.

David relied on both the name and the strength of God. His Name speaks of the nature and character of God; His strength of His great power.  David feels overwhelmed and calls on all of God to help him.  “O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth”.  He shows us the importance of reaching out to God when we are facing life.  David comes to God’s throne seeking His ear.  He knows God is there and will act.  Why pray.  “God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life”.  Same God for us today too.  He is our strength and our helper.  He does uphold us!

David also knows that God is able to put the enemy at rest.  God is able, more than able, to deal with any problem.  “He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them”.  David was a hunted man, but he confidently expects God’s help. His present situation did not cause him to question the goodness of God.  In fact, he teaches us the better way – to appeal to God’s faithfulness.  David knows God is there and will come to his aid.

So what happens as part of that prayer?  Thanksgiving!  David doesn’t take it for granted and just move on.  He stops and gives thanks. “I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies”.  David has seen God’s work many times before as He delivered him. God’s past faithfulness became the ground for his future faith.  There is no doubt in David’s mind.  He is already celebrating his victory over his enemies, not by his own skill and power, but by the faithful strength of God on his behalf!

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