I will Trust in the Lord
Circumstances of the Psalm seen in the text:
Ø An enemy is coming against David: V. 2 compares to a lion. David was familiar with fighting wild beasts.
Ø Charges of evil doing were made against him v. 3
Ø As is often the case David calls out to the Lord
In the Psalm David focuses on the tree groups involved:
Himself, God, His enemies
I. David Looks At Himself
1. He examines his trust
David stops and reaffirms where his trust is, it is in the Lord
Read Psalms 20, David is not trusting in himself or his own power
1 Chronicles 21:1-7 This was not always the case.
I have to think that it is an ongoing battle, where our trust is. David went from a young man before Goliath and full of trust to this untrusting account.
There is no one else who can deliver David other than the Lord v. 2
2. David examines his guilt
This trouble that David found himself in caused him to examine his life
That can be a good thing
1) Is there sin in my hands? Have I done anything that I shouldn’t have
2) Have I repaid evil for good?
3) Have I plundered the enemy without cause?
Psalm 139 goes right along with this.
Note David’s confidence that sin had been dealt with vv. 4-5
II. David focuses on the Lord
1. The Lord is angry when the enemy comes against His people v. 6
He asks the Lord to lift Himself up
“To call on God to “arise” is to ask him to take action, to lay aside the neutral attitude in which he most commonly shows himself to man, and to interfere openly in the concerns of earth. To call on him to “arise in his anger” is to entreat him to vindicate our cause against those opposed in us, and to visit them with some open manifestation of his displeasure.”
Same thing in 3:7, 9:19, 10:12, 17:13, 44:26, 68:1
Word picture: See someone being confronted, when they stand up you need to look out. Now we see God being asked to “stand up” on David’s behalf
2. The Lord desires to have people look up to Him (reverence Him) v. 7
David asks the Lord to work so that the people may look up to Him
What are some example s in Scripture where the Lord worked and people looked up to Him as a result? Nebuchadnezzar, etc.
When the Lord works in our lives to we point others to what God is doing?
3. The Lord will execute His judgment v. 8
He will judge His people: David says, “Judge me.”
Note that David is not fearful of God’s judgment upon him.
He will judge the wicked.
4. The Lord is his defense v. 10
A shield who protects the upright of heart
III. David focuses on his enemies, the wicked
1. Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end v. 9
Others who found comfort by remember the end of the wicked:
Habakkuk 2 he focuses on the woes of the wicked
Psalm 73:17 Asaph
2. The wicked will be judged righteously v. 9b
3. The wicked provoke God to anger v. 11
4. The wicked will be judged severely vv. 12-13
Sharpen His sword
Make His bow ready
Make arrows into fiery shafts
5. The wicked will fall by their own deceitfulness vv. 14-16