Confidence in God
David took refuge in desperate situation (11:1-3). He is facing danger from king Soul or from his son Absalom. He is now facing the temptation to flee from all the dangers (11:1-3). But David encouraged himself in the Lord. He believed that the ultimate victory belongs to the righteous and God will destroy the wicked. Have you advised by friends to run away from all the problems or quit the ministry? Remember God is still on the throne and he controls all things. He does all things for our good and for the sake of his glory (Rom 8:28). Nothing in the world can separate us from his love toward us (Rom 8:38-39). David asks “If the foundation of the law and order are collapsed, what can the righteous do? Nations fear trouble ahead. But David trusted in the Lord because he saw things from a heavenly perspective.
In spite of all challenges, David found his confidence in the Lord (11:4-7). He fled to the throne of God and found safety in the Lord. He was not frightened by the enemies. David knew that the Lord knows the way of righteous and hates the way of wicked. The men of violence will receive due judgment. In contrast the Lord who is righteous and full of love will manifest him to them. They will see his face. This is the blessed hope of Christians. Those who have this hope in Christ will follow him. Christians are invited to come to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16). They have a great high priest who ever live to make intercession for them. He is willing to help them in distress. The more we experience the Lord’s nearness we become more like him. They will enjoy His presence and blessings. Do you know this wonderful savior who is willing and able to help you in your needs?
Confidence in the Promises of God
David cries out to God for help in his distress (12:1-5). He felt the godly and faithful are disappearing. This is a universal problem and prayer from those who are oppressed. The society has become corrupt and people despise honesty. There is so much empty talk and flattery. David wanted that they should be judged. He wonders who would take a stand for God and truth. David was assured that the Lord would take care of the oppressed and needy. The Lord delivers those who trust him from all their troubles (Psalm 34:6). Elijah thought he is the only godly one left. But God said, “I have preserved 7000 people in Israel who fear God (1 King 19:18). God has a remnant at all time. Do you trust God and available for his service?
David found confidence in the promises of God (12:6-8). David was surrounded by wicked men with their discouraging words. Yet he found confidence in the precious and great promises of God. The Word of God has power to transform us so that we could become partakers of divine nature (2 Pet 1:4). The gospel makes us wise unto salvation (2 Tim 3:15). The scripture is given for our spiritual growth. The Word of God is the time tested truth. It is the revelation of God. It is given for our encouragement and guidance. The believers hears Christ and follow him (John 10:4). David trusted that God will preserve and protect the oppressed from evil men. The wicked who exercise authority through deception will be judged. But for the godly, all things work together for good and for the glory of God (Rom 8:28).
Prayer for Deliverance
David became impatient with God in his distresses (13:1-4). He cried to God “Lord how long you forget me and how long I struggle with anguish in my soul”. He is crying for deliverance and restoration. All Christians go through similar situations. Have you ever been impatient with God? We pray for immediate answer. Abraham had to wait 25 years for his promised son. Moses had to wait 80 years before God could use him. Joseph waited 13 years before he became the prime minister of Egypt. David refers to God as the covenant keeping Jehovah. He prays for things that honor God. Jesus waited two days longer before visiting Bethany to raise Lazarus. Thus he revealed his compassion and power in a more glorious way (John 11:5-6). Waiting is difficult. David prayed that his enemies would not rejoice over his downfall (13:4). For Christians waiting is not wasting. The greatest blessing comes with patience. We need divine wisdom to understand this truth.
David is rejoicing in the salvation of God (13:5-6). He expressed his confidence in the Lord and praised him for deliverance (13:5-6). He says “I trust in the unfailing love of God and will rejoice in his salvation”. This is the loyal love the Lord has toward his people. David was confident that God is good and he will answer his prayer. This psalm begins with despair but ends with joy and praise. God knows what is best for us and when to act. He does all things for our blessings and for his glory. Are you waiting for God to act on your behalf? His promises are precious and great. The hardest thing is to wait on the Lord. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and not grow weary (Isaiah 40:31).
Depravity of Man
David affirms that only fools say there is no God (14:1-3). “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God”. Fool does not mean, unintelligent person but is the summary description of a morally perverse person. He does not believe that there is a God. Fools consider their human perspective as the only legitimate one. He is a practical atheist. The psalmist says that “They are corrupt, their actions are evil and they do not do good”. This is God’s appraisal of human race. The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord (Pro 1:7; 9:10). Wisdom is the skill to live. It helps us to see everything from God’s perspective. It helps us to evaluate life in light of eternity. Wisdom is born out of fear and knowledge of God. Godly wisdom helps us to develop healthy and meaningful relationship. It helps us to live a purposeful life. When people do not fear God they have no understanding or wisdom. The entire human race had turned away from God and became corrupt in God’s sight. Only the gospel can restore them back to God (2 Tim 3:15).
David reveals the outcome of iniquities and corruption (14:4-7). The evil doers think that they can freely continue in their wicked ways. They think that they are self sufficient and it is not necessary to pray to God. They don’t know that corruption can breed aversion toward God. They frustrate the poor by their wickedness. They do not know that, they can afflict the poor without provoking God to wrath. The Lord will protect poor because they trust in him and he is their refuge. When the Lord restores the poor, they will rejoice in him. The wicked will be judged. The psalmist longs for the Kingdom of God and confident that his people will rejoice in him. The most foolish thing in life is to live without God. God is the source of all blessings. The wise turns to the Lord and submits to his authority. Obedience is the secret of joy. Do you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Secret of Communion with God
David asks the Lord, “Who may abide in your tabernacle” (15:1-5). He wanted to enter the sanctuary of God to enjoy fellowship with him. But he was not allowed to enter because he was not from the tribe of Levi. Spiritually he could but not physically. Only the Levites had the privilege to enter the Temple and tabernacle. David asks the question “Who may dwell in the tabernacle of God?” The answer to this question is given in verses 2-5. No one can stand before the Lord unless they are sincere, blameless, refuse to gossip and hate sin. Here blameless does not mean sinless. It simply means being upright in behavior. They and want to honor God in all that they do (1 Cor 10:31). They esteem those who fear the Lord and hate sin. This is the beautiful picture of those who desire to live in the sanctuary of God. They never be shaken by distress but have faith in God who is sovereign.
Who can worship God? No one is worthy to enter the presence of the holy God except through Christ. Sinners are alienated from holy God (Col 1:21). God desires that all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. This is who the God is. He does not delight in the destruction of the wicked (Ezk 18:23). So God sent His Son as a mediator. Christ became our go between because he is both God and man. He fully represents both sides. Christ gave himself as a ransom for our redemption (1 Tim 2:5-6). His sinless sacrifice on the cross has reconciled us to God. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we are considered blameless before God. This gives us confidence to worship God. This is the message of the gospel (2 Cor 5:20). God welcomes all those who are in Christ to worship him. Our identity with Christ makes us worthy to worship God. Have you reconciled to God by trusting in Christ?