This Psalm is listed as a Psalm of David but it is a prayer of the people for David. Perhaps it was David who set it down and put it to music but I’m just speculating. As I read it I’m reminded again of the need to pray for those called to leadership. They need our prayers.
The word ‘you’ in this Psalm is singular so this is a prayer for a person and we see from verse 6 that the person is the king. The prayer is made by the people or at least on behalf of the people from the use of ‘we’ and ‘us’ in verses 5, 7, 8 and 9. It’s obvious that the prayer is made at a time when the nation is being threatened.
We have been studying 1 Samuel on Sunday evenings and we have seen that when Israel first asked for a king (1 Samuel 8) it was actually a rejection of God as their king. They wanted to be like the other nations (1 Samuel 8:5) even though he had called them to be different and they wanted a king to fight their battles (1 Samuel 8:20). We see the nation had moved from trusting God to placing their faith in a person. It’s very common even today, it happens in churches and it always ends in tears. Here the people realise that the king is totally dependent upon God, without his help there will be no deliverance. They call on the Lord to help the king. They remind themselves and David that he is the God of Jacob – he helps weak and broken people. That is how the nation was formed after all.
This is a prayer that is full of faith. They are able to look beyond the immediate situation and see a time when they will rejoice. Faith anticipates victory because God will always be victorious. In a society like ours where aggressive atheism is on the rise we should constantly remind ourselves of this fact – God will be victorious. They look forward to rejoicing when the king wins the victory and giving the glory to God; “We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.”
In the third section the people proclaim their trust in God. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” It should help us to earth our trust in God rather than in things or people. It is so easy to become distracted, to see the answer to our problems in technology, buildings or equipment and God calls us to use these things but he is the one who makes everything possible.
As we look ahead to the challenges of the coming week; let us renew our faith and trust in God. He will be victorious. Hallelujah!
The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name (Matt Redman)