The Psalms are always known for their emotive power. This is part of what makes them to be such a loved book of the Bible. The psalm that is before us tonight is certainly no exception. The Psalm begins with tears and ends with peaceful elation. There is, in one sense, a jubilant tone to it. But it is mixed in with sadness and feelings of fiery passion.
And we see that during this attack David let his heart run to God and he certainly did not hold back in letting his feelings be known.
So this Psalm is here for us, to help us when we find ourselves under attack. When the enemies of God oppress us, we must remember that our defense is in the God who hears our prayers.
Now, as we make our way through this psalm, I want us to keep in mind its three different segments. The first three verses we see the basis of David’s prayer. Then in verses 8-12 we see what it is David actually prays for. In other words, verses 8-12 tell us the content of his prayer. And then, we will finish tonight by looking at the confidence that David has in the prayer.
But let’s begin by talking about the basis of David’s prayer.
I. The appeal he makes to God [1-6]
David’s enemies are attacking. So he looks to God for help. And we see his appeal is based in the abounding sympathy God has for his people.
A. It is based in God’s abounding sympathy for his people
Look at the first two verses. He beings with the words, “Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.”
Scholars tell us that the more common names for a dog in Geneva Switzerland during the sixteenth century was “Calvin.” They of course were naming their mangy muts after John Calvin, the local pastor who was seeking to help bring reform to the church and to the city.
And, to be sure, this wasn’t any type of flattery.
It just goes to show how much people hated the gospel and hated the man who sought to propagate that gospel.
But Jesus said you should expect to be treated this way. He said, “Blessed are you when others revile you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” The implication is that this is going to be the lot of those who follow him. People are going to try to discredit you by vilifying you and saying all kinds of things about you.
Slander is one of the chief tactics that the enemies of God employ. If a person can paint you in a bad light, they can remove you from a position of power or nullify your influence.
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