It was imperative for the psalmist to start his day in the Lord’s presence. “In the morning,” he brings what he is dealing with before the Lord (v 3). This is the only way we can keep our heads and maintain our perspective when life’s trials come upon us. When we make the time to spend with God, we are reassured and encouraged on several levels.
First, we can go to the God of the universe with the greatest and smallest challenges that life brings. As he prays to God, the psalmist knows God will hear him (v 3). This word “hear” means to listen with attention and interest. Do you truly believe that God cares about you and what is on your heart at that moment? If you do, it will change your perspective. The psalmist goes on to say that he will wait expectantly for an answer. Our faith that God will respond turns us into a “watcher” who eagerly and expectantly lives in anticipation of what God will do and how He will work things out.
Beginning in verse 4, the psalmist’ personal conviction of God’s character reassures him that God will deal with those who are hurting him. However, he also knows that until that time comes, God is also using their unfounded attacks to make him stronger and to deepen his faith. As many of us have heard throughout our lives, trials will either make us bitter or better, based on how we choose to respond. David chooses to respond by entering God’s house and humbling himself in worship (v 7). He bases his response on God’s faithfulness to him throughout his life. If we would take time to consider our lives in God’s care we should conclude that not one of God’s promises has ever failed. He has been absolutely trustworthy and reliable. Out of the psalmist’s worship, his confidence and trust in God’s leadership of his life is bolstered.
He takes great comfort in knowing that God will guide him as he navigates the personal attacks that he is facing. Because those attacking him are prompted by lies and falsehoods, they are on a slippery path of destruction themselves (v 9). The author, who we believe is David, asks God to condemn them in verse 10. These words mean that someday they will acknowledge that they were wrong and that they had plotted to bring David down. This will come back upon their own heads and cause their downfall. (Haman in the book of Esther is a great biblical example of this principle. Read about him.)
So, because David made time to be in God’s presence, his perspective on his trials are changing. He concludes this psalm by exclaiming in verse 11 that when we take shelter or seek refuge in God, we will be glad and rejoice. Not because our circumstances have changed or peoples’ attacks have ceased, but we are rejoicing that our security, safety and stability are in our relationship with God. A God who blesses our lives when we follow Him and who becomes a large body-length shield (v 12) that can knock down the arrows of our enemies. Remember if we have taken shelter in God, nothing can penetrate our lives without first passing through Him. Let these truths, rather than the lies of others, pierce your soul.
For His glory,