Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.
2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.
3 Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.
4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
Jesus’ forgiveness of his executioners, “for they know not what they do,” will not save them from ultimate punishment. The forgiveness reflected Jesus’ attitude of pity for them. When surrounded by an array of persecutors the attitude of forgiveness can bring peace. It places you above hurt, above self-pity, above doubt. However, there is even the danger of feeling pride and superiority in forgiveness, which is something we must guard against.
There are those who sought after David’s life (verse 2) and there are those who sought God (verse 4). Those who sought God were not David’s enemies. The king asks blessings for them. Those who sought to trouble David are also enemies of God, because David is on God’s side. In fact the reason they are David’s enemies is because David has openly sided with God. David can boldly call for their ruin because they oppose God and all that is good. If your enemies are opponents because they are opposing God, then you must condemn their actions.
However, David did not take matters into his own hands. He refrained from commanding trusted soldiers to take care of these tormentors. Rather, he took the problem to God and left his burdens there.