Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 5 All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. 6 They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. 7 Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? 9 Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise— 11 in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
12 I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
It is thought that Psalm 56 was written for this occasion. David is running for his life, he is not in any real danger at this stage but I am sure that this is not how he imagined his life would go. He has managed to get some bread from the priest and has obtained Goliath’s sword but there are people loyal to Saul around him. I love the way David reflects – on one hand he trust God entirely. On the other hand he tells God how He should administer justice… in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? And then he says something like this… Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
For me this is the best thing about David – he is very real. How often have we found ourselves in similar positions? We say things like Lord lead me, guide me…I lay my life down for you. But at the same time we are demanding justice (justification). I think that we can be very real with God, let Him know how we feel, vent our frustrations but when it comes to our expectation of Him we need to trust that He will be more just than we could be, that His way is far better than ours. So we vent and then we thank Him later …that He did not bring the nations down just to satisfy our need for justification. Thank you Father.