Book 2: Psalm 54 of 72 – Deliver me by Your Name

God is intimately interested in our deliverance, in our salvation.  He is not distant; he is not intangible.  He is alive, and He walks with us.

David makes this abundantly clear: O God, save me, by your name, and vindicate me by your might (v1).  O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth (v2).  God is my helper (v.4).  The Lord is the upholder of my life (v.4).  He has delivered me from every trouble (v.7).

The key distinction is v3 – the strangers who rose against David did not set God before themselves; followed by a pause of Selah for meditation.  As Spurgeon says in his Treasury of David:

They have not set God before them. They had no more regard for right and justice than if they knew no God, or cared for none. Had they regarded God they would not have betrayed the innocent to be hunted down like a poor harmless stag. David felt that atheism lay at the bottom of the enmity which pursued him. Good men are hated for God’s sake, and this is a good plea for them to urge in prayer. Selah. As if he said, “Enough of this, let us pause.” He is out of breath with indignation. A sense of wrong bids him suspend the music awhile. It may also be observed, that more pauses would, as a rule, improve our devotions: we are usually too much in a hurry: a little more holy meditation would make our words more suitable and our emotions more fervent.

On meditation – what, however, would be the logical conclusion if the strangers who rose against David do have God before themselves?  The possibility is that God is not with David; the possibility is that David is walking in sin.  Indeed, the rebuking of David by the prophet Nathan certainly points to that truth  (2 Samuel 12).

Yet, the comfort comes from those who do stand with Him; God has — not that He will – but He has delivered David from every trouble.  David claims that victory just as we should; how many times do we claim the kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it has been done in heaven?

This too is a continuation of the theme in Psalm 53 – that only God is good.   That is why salvation is done by His Name, by His might, by His deliverance.  So also those who spit on the Name of Christ face the Father’s wrath; the underlying atheism of the one true Lord the reason for the persecution of His body, His church; all such would lead to the inevitable deliverance that David is claiming.  Do we claim that deliverance on the merit of Christ’s work?  Or do we doubt God’s goodness because of our failures?

 

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Book 2: Psalm 54 of 72 – Deliver me by Your Name

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