A Cry for Help
It is great to read a Psalm where David is praying his heart. He is crying for help and deliverance, to which I am sure we can all relate. In verse one he says that his need of deliverance the theme. The word “deliver me” means to guard, take away, arm for war and to make strong. It is as if David is saying, “I would like to be moved out of the line of fire, but if not, equip me to fight with your strength.” He also uses the word preserve, which means to protect, guard from danger and keep close. That sounds a lot like me. I would be happy if the Lord just removed me from attacks, but life has shown me that we usually have to go through them. The promise that David and I are counting on is for the Lord to equip us to go through the fight and reach a place of victory on the other side.
Verse three talks about tongues that are sharp and cutting. We all need to learn to not let words spoken against us penetrate and cause damage in our soul. Condemn the evil of the words. But, do not dwell on them giving them life by receiving what they were sent to accomplish.
Also, David prays for wisdom to not fall into hidden traps. This is where the Holy Spirit has to give us discernment on what steps we need to take and not take. If someone asks you to do something and you sense hesitation, listen to the internal umpire in your spirit which will tell you yes or no.
We need eyes of faith to see the path the Lord has for us to walk. We cry out for deliverance, Lord.
Psalm 140:1 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men.