Reading through the Bible together
This Psalm was written on the run, when David was fleeing from his son Absalom, who had conspired against this 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 Ministerial