Plea for Help against Persecutors
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1 O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
2 or like a lion they will tear me apart;
they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid my ally with harm
or plundered my foe without cause,
5 then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
trample my life to the ground,
and lay my soul in the dust. Selah
6 Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
and over it take your seat on high.
8 The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
and a God who has indignation every day.
12 If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and strung his bow;
13 he has prepared his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 See how they conceive evil,
and are pregnant with mischief,
and bring forth lies.
15 They make a pit, digging it out,
and fall into the hole that they have made.
16 Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
and on their own heads their violence descends.
17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Where do you turn when the world caves in around you? Maybe you turn to your family, or friends, or maybe you look to yourself? David found his refuge and hope in God. When his enemies were closing in on him, David turned to God.
Not only did David turn to God, he also prayed that God would fight for him. He makes this request based on his righteousness and even prays that if there is any wrong in his hands, then to let his enemies overtake him. I’m not that sure of myself. While David counts on God being just, I usually count on God being merciful. David was a man after God’s own heart. I’m still working on that. I keep looking forward to what John Wesley referred to as Christian perfection, which is loving God and others with a pure heart.
Whether it is dealing with enemies, or the inability to love without selfishness, we find our refuge is in God. He is just, but also merciful. When we run to him we find security and acceptance. Oh Lord, I take refuge in You.