But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
In this Psalm David is not only recounting what God has done for him, “He drew me out of the pit of destruction,” “set my feet upon the rock,” “made me secure;” he is also petitioning God, in light of these truths to continue to deliver him. He is crying out to God not only for deliverance from his enemies but also from his sin. This is a recognition on David’s part of God’s past faithfulness and ultimately His future faithfulness. God has not only kept his promises to David, but He will continue to keep them and in doing so He will sustain David and deliver David despite the internal and external enemies that surround him.
David’s assurance in God’s deliverance was so strong that he not only trusted God, but he also delighted in Him and proclaimed His truth and goodness to all those around him. He was firmly rooted in who God was for him, and in the reality that God would always deliver him from the devils within the world and within his heart.
For God’s people today, David’s words should not only be intellectually agreed with, but they should also cut us to the heart. We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to the truth of the gospel, and yet we, as God’s people, are often confronted with a piercing anxiety and fear over what we are going to do and how we are going to respond to this hostility.
For some of us we will decide to conform our understanding of the gospel in such a way that it won’t offend anyone. For others of us we will take a retreatist approach as we group together in our hoy huddle with little regard to what is happening in the world around us. Others of us may decide to jettison our belief in the gospel all together and will settle for a more inward focused kind of spiritualism.
Yet, none of these option is what David chose. He was plagued both by the inward turmoil of his own sin and the outward turmoil of pagan kings and even is own family members who were trying to kill him. Despite these circumstances his resounding cry was, “I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation…”
David was a man who believed that God’s deliverance was real for him. No matter how difficult the persecutions, no matter how difficult the inner turmoil, he believed God’s promise that he was known and that his God would help and deliver him, and this was his foundation for joy and for walking faithfully with his God. Will we, will I, take a lesson from David and learn to see, believe, and live as if God is our deliverer and our help both for the inner and outer turmoil that will meet us in this life until Christ returns? Will we, like David, speak of God’s faithfulness and salvation, despite what the world around us does, knowing that our life is held secure in Him because of Christ?