Psalm 54 Prayer for Deliverance For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic Maskil. When the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding among us?” 54   1God, save me by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might! 2God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth. 3For strangers rise up against me, and violent men seek my life. They have no regard for God.[T]Selah   4God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.[U] 5He will repay my adversaries for their evil. Because of Your faithfulness, annihilate them.   6I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You. I will praise Your name, Yahweh, because it is good. 7For He has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked down on my enemies.
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For He has delivered me from all trouble, And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies. Psalms 54:7 Once again we see David... Read More
For He has delivered me from all trouble, And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies. Psalms 54:7 Once again we see David making statements about God's work in the future. Even though David is praying about the present situation where he has been betrayed by his enemies, he is speaking of being delivered - as if it is a situation that has already happened. What kind of faith knows deliverance before it has happened? I wonder about this because I've been around those claiming things before they happen - and yet I honestly think that their statements are not faith - but presumption. Yet here David is claiming both deliverance and satisfaction upon his enemies. He knows deep within that God has delivered him from the danger of the Ziphites betrayal. He also knows that his enemies will face God's discipline if not His outright wrath and punishment. How? How does David know such things? Several things are in play here - and I think all of them are involved. First is God's gracious choice of David - to be king and to be His servant. I go back to Philippians which says, "He who began a good work in you, will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6). If God has graciously chosen us for salvation - He WILL finish that work. That can be such a comfort to us both in times of peril and in times of decline spiritually in our own lives. In peril we can be reminded that God knows "all" of our days before one is lived out. No mere human can change our destiny. They wanted to throw Jesus off a cliff when He preached in His home synagogue - and yet he walked through their midst to escape such a fate. In times of spiritual decline we can know that God will discipline us and scourge us for our training. If things degenerate badly enough - He will even take us home and remove our lives from this earth. But He will never leave or forsake us. David also knew the promise of God that He would be king. God would keep His promise - as He always does. Such a comfort is such knowledge to us. David also walked before the Lord in obedience and a conscious choice to do His will. Thus he knew God would deliver His obedient servant from evil and harm. The last thing David knew was that he would one day look with satisfaction upon his enemies - and upon the enemies of God. This points us to judgment - and the surety that God will bring every act of man into the light and will judge it on the day of judgment. No sin will escape the light - and only those under the blood of Jesus will be taken away - Christ Himself paying the full price of each and every one of them. That is why David could praise the Lord and speak with such confidence. The comfort that will keep us in times of peril and difficulty is that of knowing God rules over the things of this earth. He will keep His children for the day when they will be with Him forever. That does not mean an easy path for us with no problems of difficulties. It may mean even more of them because we are named with Him. But it does mean that He will walk with us through every trial - every difficulty - every narrow, hard-pressed place - and every time we are betrayed and persecuted. That is the comfort of knowing we are His. May that comfort abound to us as we draw near to Him in every situation.
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Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. Psalms 54:4 In light of David's enemies, he turns again to God and ref... Read More
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. Psalms 54:4 In light of David's enemies, he turns again to God and refers to Him as his helper. What a reminder that being a helper is not an inferior position. (Note: The woman is called a helper in the garden - and too many think it speaks of inferiority. But God calls Himself that name. If that is an inferior name - how can God refer to Himself in that way without saying that He Himself is inferior too?) The helper is one who comes along side to encourage and build up another. David needed a helper in his situation because he had no one else he could turn to in his hour of need. It is in those moments of great need that we CAN turn to God and know He will be there to cheer, encourage, guide, and offer His wisdom and his comfort. The Lord is my sustainer (samak - speaks of one who sustains by having a burden or load put on them - this was used of beasts of burden - and also was used of how the priests would lay their hand on a sacrificial animal who would bear the sins of the one making the confession). David knows God not just as his helper - but also as the One who bears the burden of his soul away. Considering what he was facing, that was quite a burden and a load. The question here is whether I turn to God with the burdens and loads that I face. We can turn to many things to cope with the problems we face. The question is whether there is any long-term hope and benefit from what or whom we turn to in those moments. David turned to God who walked beside him and encouraged him through this terrible news and betrayal. David turned to God to take the load off his back and help him walk through his day - and every day afterward. God is available - and He has great wisdom and comfort to give. The problem is that we seek our own avenues of comfort - which tend to not offer anything but a shot of relief - followed by a let down because our own devices do not sustain for the long haul. Better to turn to God for He will never leave or forsake us.
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For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah. Psalms 54:3 | NASB D... Read More
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah. Psalms 54:3 | NASB David has his adversaries - he calls them strangers - because the Ziphites had no previous knowledge of David or relationship with him. They were also "violent men" who were seeking David's life. The facts were that Saul wanted David dead - and was doing everything in his power to make sure that he was dead. Rather than appeal to God - Saul's first instinct was to appeal to his javelin as he threw it at David - and eventually even at his own son Jonathan when he stood up for David. These men were fighting out of their own selfishness and self-centered plans and purposes. David made it clear that these men did not, "set God before them." They were acting as if they themselves were supreme - thinking themselves much better gods than Jehovah God. Their actions were guided by nothing more than their own misguided ambition and selfish gain. One last question begs for our response. Do we set God before us? If not we may live as strangers to Him, not knowing Him and His ways. We will also become those who do violence to His will - rejecting it and instead seeking by any means necessary to establish our own will. We will find ourselves living in opposition to Him. When we set Him before our eyes our life no longer is focused on the pursuit of stuff, on the pursuit of positions, or on the pursuit of power. What we will pursue is Him. Paul said it in Philippians, "I want to know Christ . . . " What is fascinating is that when He becomes our great pursuit - when His will and His kingdom become the goal of our lives - all we need will be granted with Him. "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to it." (Matthew 5:33). So our prayer, even in great difficulty and distress will be like that of David. O God, save me - vindicate me - and answer my prayer to You, because - You are One before my eyes. I live before You! This is how to face suffering, difficulty and persecution - especially when it comes from those who fight against you with false words that flow from false hearts.
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2 Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. Psalms 54:2 | NASB David wanted God to hear his prayer - not just to have h... Read More
2 Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. Psalms 54:2 | NASB David wanted God to hear his prayer - not just to have heard it - but to hear and act. His was not praying that merely met a religious obligation to pray. He had a relationship with God that delved heavily in the practical. David needed God - desperately. He wanted interaction with God, knowing that without it he would be led by self - a deadly alternative that would eventually take him down the same road as Saul. I remember what God said about king Asa, "as long as he sought the Lord he prospered." What a reminder of how valuable a true relationship to God is - and - how much we need Him. Is that where I turn? When I pray (if I pray), is my greatest concern that He truly hears me - or that I just pray stuff out loud and soothe some kind of religious requirement in my own imagination? Pray to be heard - pray to connect - pray to be in relationship.
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Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your power. Psalms 54:1 | NASB This is a psalm on the occasion of David being betraye... Read More
Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your power. Psalms 54:1 | NASB This is a psalm on the occasion of David being betrayed by the Ziphites. The root of the word for this group is "ziph" and it means a mouthful and referred to one who mouth was full of falsehood. This can be an interesting parallel for us who face the devil who is a liar and deceiver - and his children who are constantly revealing themselves as being of the "father of lies" by their own falsehood. The Ziphites were trying to betray David into the hand of his adversary Saul. Much in the same way our earthly betrayers will speak falsehood hoping that by it they may cause us to fall into the hands of our adversary, the Devil. David's first thought was to appeal to God through prayer for His help and aid in his situation. Remembering that our fight is not with flesh and blood is difficult to do at times when things are not going well - and our true adversary is veiled by the people who do his bidding and dirty work. David was not deceived from the true battle - which must always involve God's help and wisdom in order to fight it effectively. David cries out to God, "Save me, O God, by Your name and vindicate me by Your power." Elsewhere in Psalms we read that the name of the Lord is a strong tower - the righteous run into it and are saved. Therefore the cry, "Save me by Your name," is a great place to start. I am reminded of Paul's admonition in spiritual battle to, ". . . be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might." (Ephesians 6:10) David also cried to be vindicated by God's power. The word vindicate means to be cleared of wrong doing, blame, or suspicion. David was being accused of trying to subvert Saul as king, and yet nothing was further from the truth. It is interesting that David chose not to strike Saul down when God gave him into his hands twice. But realizing the charge against David - this was not the way to become king as God intended. David was truly willing to wait for God to vindicate him - by removing Saul Himself. Where am I in this picture? Is my first reaction to rise up and strike in my own name - or wait for God to vindicate me by defending His own purposes and plans? It is so easy to rise up and defend your own name - and vindicate yourself. The better way is to allow God Himself to vindicate us - and prove to us as well as others who accuse us that we are doing His will and acting according to His desire and intent. One other thought comes to mind in reference to this psalm. David believed God's Word - that He was the rightful king of Israel. God anointed him through the godly prophet Samuel. When he was being chased by the usurper king - betrayed by those whose mouths were full of falsehood - and tempted to take matters into his own hands - would he still believe God's Word? When I face THE usurper king, the devil - when I face the world speaking its lies - when I want to live according to my own plans - will I listen to the Word of God?
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Same desire Jesus had for those who crucifixes Him.
Same desire Jesus had for those who crucifixes Him.
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