Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.
7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
The central idea of this Psalm is in verse 4: “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” That is why David turns to God in his distress. In Hebrew the first two verses begin with the same words: “O God!”—“O God, save me; O God, hear me.” David’s prayer is very simple and direct. When Peter was sinking, it was enough for him to cry, “Lord, save me,” and the hand of Jesus was immediately stretched out to save him. When you are in trouble, your prayers become very simple and direct, often a mere “Help, Lord.” God will not despise the simplicity of such a prayer.
David anticipates his rescue by saying, “I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.” A freewill offering is not forced, even not required; it’s a voluntary “extra” as a sign of gratitude to God our Saviour. When we have victory, we should acknowledge that it was because of God, or we may easily forget the time we cried out to Him for help and our situation changed.