David is writing this Psalm when he feels like he is at an all time low. You may question why I would say that David “feels” like he’s at an all time low when he’s hiding in a cave from his best friend’s dad, who happens to be the most powerful person in the nation and is trying to kill him. We read and connect with what David is saying when he’s going through such a dark and discouraging time in our own lives.
He starts off by begging for God to hear him.
“Hear Me, God! Give me your ears. I beg & plead that you listen to me right now.”
He then describes the state of his soul.
“I’m at my all time low. I’m being attacked by my enemies.
My Spirit faints within me. My heart is appalled (great dismay and horror).”
He then tells God that in spite of the state of his soul, he hasn’t forgotten Him.
“I haven’t forgotten you. I remember everything you have done for Israel in the past, for me, personally.”
He then states how his lowly, discouraged soul ultimately THIRSTS for God.
And out of that great spiritual longing he tells God he needs five things; the same five things we thirst for and need when we are discouraged and down.
We need God’s:
- Steadfast love (v. 8a)
- Faith (v. 8b)
- Guidance (v. 8c, 10)
- Deliverance & Rescue (v. 9, 11-12)
- Help with obedience (v. 10a, 12b)
All five of these things are crucial when we are being attacked by Satan or are going through a fearful trial. We must be reminded of God’s enduring love no matter what hate we face in this world. For David, it was hate to the point of attempted murder. We need faith that helps spur hope and trust in God’s promises and sovereignty no matter the outcome. We need guidance in what to do next and the acceptance of His will, whatever that may be. We need God to deliver and rescue us. God is a deliverer and has the power to do so. We lastly need God’s help to be obedient to whatever He asks in the trial. After all, as David ends this Psalm, we are His servant.
How has God given some of these things to you when you went through a similar dark trial or was in a season of Satan’s attacks?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor