A Prayer for Vindication
David pleaded for vindication when he was falsely accused by his enemies (26:1-8). They accused David of being a hypocrite. David declares his innocence to God. David says he acted with integrity and trusted in God without wavering (26:1). He had the confidence to seek an honest examination of his life. David served God with integrity. When we with integrity, we don’t have to be afraid of anything. We cannot serve two masters. If we are right before God, it makes no difference what people think of us. Christians should keep their heart undivided toward the Lord. He sang a song of thanksgiving by praising the wonderful work of God in his life. David longed to be in the sanctuary where the glory of God dwells. No one can worship God acceptably without clear conscience. Does our worship spring from a thankful heart?
David prayed that god would spare him from the schemes of sinners (26:9-12). He was a man of integrity. He sought mercy and pleaded for deliverance from trouble. Integrity is a great defense in Christian life. Our defense is God’s grace and his word. A good conscience gives courage in times of difficulty. We live in a fallen world where people can hurt us with false accusation. If we walk in integrity we don’t have to be afraid of slander, God’s grace will protect us. Christians should avoid compromising situations to safe guard them from false accusation. God is a righteous judge and he will judge the wicked. How is your walk with God? Is there any duplicity in your Christian conduct? Is your heart undivided towards Christ?
A Psalm of Confidence in God
David’s confidence sets him free from fear (1-6). He says,” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear”. The psalmist says that when we fear God, we need not to fear anyone else. Fear can paralyze us. David says that when his enemies come against him, he is not afraid. He knew that his enemies will stumble and fall because the Lord is his light and salvation. David longed to live in the house of the Lord all the days of his life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple (27:4). David found his protection and security in the Lord in the sanctuary. David wanted to offer sacrifices with joy, singing and praising the Lord. Are you struggling with fear? Place your confidence in the Lord who is your strength and delver. David knew the true source of protection. Is Christ your protection and security?
David sought the face of the Lord in his distress (27:7-14). He knew that the fervent prayer of the righteous produces wonderful results (James 5:16). David admits before God that he is a servant of God. He has the confidence that even if his parents abandon him the Lord would not forsake him. David asks God to teach him the way he should go because of his enemies. The psalm ends with confidence in the Lord. David is confident that he would survive in the land of living to see God’s blessings. He encouraged himself to wait on the Lord. In the midst of trials and difficulties, waiting is the most difficult thing in life. For believes waiting on the Lord is not wasting. Those who wait and trust in the Lord will renew their strength and never grow weary (Isaiah 40:31). The psalmist emphasizes the importance on waiting on the Lord. We should not get fainted in difficulties but wait on the Lord to find strength and deliverance. Whatever trails you may be going through, rest confidently in God’s protection and provision.
A Prayer for Deliverance
David prayed for deliverance from the wicked (28:1-4). He knew that God would deal with the wicked according to their wickedness. David was afraid that if God does not act he would die. David lifted up his hands toward God and cried for mercy and help. The Old Testament saints did not pray folding their hands. Lifting hands to the Lord in prayer is an expression of purity and expectation. Godly prayer comes from godly hearts that have been changed by the gospel (1 Tim 2:8). If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear our prayers (Ps 66:18).
David praised God for answered prayer and protection (28:5-9). The Lord was his strength and shield. Therefore he greatly rejoiced in the Lord. The Lord enabled David to escape the schemes of the wicked. This psalm ends with prayer for Israel. “Save your people! Bless Israel, your inheritance". Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever” (28:9). Jesus said “I am the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). Like sheep we are naturally lost and away from God. Christ Came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). What a glorious act of love. He came to rescue and to guide us. There is no love like the love of a dying Savior. Do you Jesus Christ who came to save sinner?
A Call to Praise
The psalmist calls on angels to praise God for his mighty work (29:1-9). He is the sovereign Lord of glory and strength. The Lord is worthy of our worship and praise. He should be worshiped in the beauty of his holiness. David ascribes glory to God for controlling nature by his Word. The voice of God is charged with power. The psalmist gives a sequence of mighty acts God does. “The voice of the Lord breaks the mighty cedars, the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness and the voice of the Lord makes the dear give birth”(29:4-9). The voice of the Lord divides the flame of fire. Our God is an active and glorious God. He is worthy of our worship. What a privilege to know this great God through Christ!
David concludes that our God is the sovereign God who is powerful than all other gods (29:10-11). He controls the nature and settles it. The Lord rules over the floodwaters and he is the enthroned forever. Jesus calmed the storm on the sea and comforted the frightened disciples (Mark 4:37-39). He can bless his people with peace when they are frightened. Christians should not be frightened because our Lord is in control. God often speaks to us through storms of life. He brings peace in the midst of the storms and strengthens those who trust him. Do you know this great God? The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made him known (John 1:18). Who is Jesus? He is eternally one with the Father, the very Word of God through whom all things are created. He became flesh to reveal the Father to us. Those who see Jesus have seen the Father. Have you received Jesus Christ by faith as your Lord and Savior?
A Dedication Psalm
This is a psalm of praise for deliverance from God’s chastening (30:1-5). Most probably this psalm was written when the site of the temple was dedicated (1 Chron 21-22). David acknowledges that the Lord did not allow his enemies to triumph over him. David cried to the Lord to restore his health. Perhaps he was about to die because of illness God inflicted on him. David wanted people to join him singing praise for his deliverance. David says God’s anger is momentary but his favor lasts forever. God turns his weeping into joy, night into morning. Our God is a God of deliverance. When David cried God delivered him from all his fears (Ps 34:6).
David gives his testimony about trusting in his prosperity without humility (30:6-12). He became proud and thought nothing can stop him. He forgot to trust God. As a result God disciplined him. Then he found out that his prosperity will not last and he is not secured. The Lord brought plague on Israel and 70000 men died in one day (2 Sam 24:15). David cried to the Lord for forgiveness and realized that it was God who prospered him and defeated his enemies. He says “Lord, you have turned my weeping into joy. You have taken away my sackcloth and gave me joy”. David sang praises for the answered prayers. He says “I will sing praises to you and not silent. I will give you thanks forever”. David prayed for mercy and help in his distresses. In prosperity people think they are secured and there is no need to pray. Pride comes before fall. Until we humble ourselves before God, he can’t bless us. Are you humble before God? Pray that God would give you a humble and submissive heart. Allow God to transform you life.