Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
This Psalm was written on the run, when David was fleeing from his son Absalom, who had conspired against his father. The Psalm starts out questioning God’s willingness to deliver him from danger, and transitions to unquestionable assurance of God’s protection on every side. “I will not fear, though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” David is once again strong in his faith.
David prays for deliverance from his enemies, that God will strike them “on the jaw and break the teeth of the wicked.” Knowing David’s love for his son, he was hoping to only put an end to the verbal assaults coming from Absalom and those supporting him.
He ends the Psalm reconciling himself to the fact that deliverance (however the Lord chooses to dispense it) comes only from the Lord. And then he prays for a blessing on God’s people.
Take courage today in God’s promises and be blessed.
Jackie O. Smith
General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Dpt.