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Friday, November 1, 2013

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Amid the Psalms of Korah comes this prayer from King David himself.  Here we get a glimpse of the inner soul of a hero whom we have admired for his bravery and courage.

David constantly feels a deep hunger for God.  He presents his great need and God’s great mercy as reasons for assurance that God will help him (vs. 1 and 5).  He considers himself  holy, for he trusts in God (v. 2).  He cries out to the Lord for help in his many trials, conflicts, and dangers.  God’s abundant mercy and kindness (vv. 5 and 15 ).

David does not seek the heathen gods – “There is none like Thee among the gods,” either the heathen gods, or the judges and leaders of human governments (v. 8).  He recognizes that none are as great as God.  He goes to the highest level to get help (vv. 8-10).  He looks forward to the time when all the nations will bow down before the Lord (v. 9).  The apostle Paul applies this homage to Jesus – “that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil. 2:10).  John the revelator expands this to mean “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all therein” will attribute “blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever” to God and the Lamb (Rev. 5:13).    

In view of the great forces at God’s command, David’s enemies shrink down to size – whether the giant Goliath, jealous King Saul, or even his own warring offspring.  David’s troubles did not cease (vs. 14-17), but he wanted the assurance that God was on his side. 

Prayer:    Lord God, I look to you alone for help and comfort in the trials that I face.


Beatrice Neall
Retired Professor of Religion
Union College