David shares his heart with God. He knows it is God that delivers and not men. It is so difficult to not turn to our own resources and devices to meet needs. They are present and have flesh on them. David reminds us, however, that it is God that meets our needs. The Lord gives us faith and hope. He sets our feet on solid ground. He even gives us the prayers to pray. We simply have to trust and turn to Him.
The most captivating part of the psalm, however is the end. David authored the psalm when he was needy, not when all was good. In fact, his final words are in effect, “Help, come quick!” David shows us that the times when things are difficult are the times that faith matters most. David is recounting God’s faithfulness as a reminder that the Father will be faithful again.
We can sing our praises loudly and fervently when all is well. God longs, however, for our trust when days are difficult. If we will continue to trust God during those times, then we will become steadfast and we will see amazing grace occur. We have to remain patient, but if we will, He will show himself faithful. We can never give up nor ever give in. As God’s chosen, we must keep focused, as David did on his incredible record of provision, protection, and preparation.
God Bless You
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
5 Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened[c]—
burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
8 I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
14 May all who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.