Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.
4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
God called David to his role and knew he would become an extraordinary leader. The two communed in a powerful way – so powerful that the words of their conversations still inspire those of us who read the Psalms today.
David always prayed honestly to God, with no pretense. He didn’t purify his prayers but viewed his life as an open book with God. This Psalm is another great example of the directness and honesty of David. He pleads with God – “Don’t go silent on me! If You go silent, I will fall down with those who go into the wicked pit. I need You to hear my requests when I cry to You and when I lift up my hands to You.”
David models a prayer life in the Psalms that each of us should follow -- tell God everything and share with Him the concerns of our innermost souls. God can handle it! In fact, you can find almost every emotion and mood throughout the Psalms, because David was so expressive with God.
During prayer, we are set free in God’s presence to deal with difficult truths without the fear of being misunderstood.
President, Union College