God is a loving father. Make no mistake—his sense of justice, mercy and presence is undeniable. Still, sometimes in the midst of harrowing trials, we forget exactly with whom we are dealing. In this Psalm, the writer is begging for restoration for Israel. It is in a time of extreme trial, and the nation is in shambles. Still, in the midst of his heartfelt plea—the writer remembers who he is dealing with.
But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert. It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers. The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord, how foolish people have reviled your name. Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.