January 7, 2020
Trust the Deliverer
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me. – Psalm 31:1-2
It is generally thought that David penned the words of our focus verse during his long persecution by Saul. These words convey David’s distress and ardent desire for deliverance. It is notable that the writer asked the Lord to “bow down” His ear to hear him. When someone is not well and therefore unable to speak with much strength, we may get close to them and place our ear next to their lips to hear what they are saying. Thus, the request for God to bow down His ear suggests that the writer was not only in a state of distress, but also in a state of physical weakness. He was possibly at the very end of his strength and in need of a great intervention.
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt like you needed great intervention? Take a look at what the Psalmist did when he felt that way. In his weakened state, David pleaded his cause before the Lord. He began by confessing in Whom he put his trust. The word trust means “to rely on the integrity, strength, ability and surety of a person or thing, or to have confidence.” David had done that; he had trusted God through very difficult circumstances. Then he declared the cry of his heart; he showed that he was not ashamed of placing his trust in God. He maintained his trust in God despite the circumstances that brought him to such a low point. No doubt his declaration pleased God because it was backed by his actions.
Interestingly, the Psalmist then goes on to write as a valiant man of war, asking God to be his strong rock and house of defense. In later verses of this chapter, we read how he acknowledged that the Lord heard his prayer when he felt that he was “cut off” from before God’s eyes. He also encouraged the saints of God to “love the Lord,” for the Lord “preserveth the faithful.”
When we are faced with situations that sap our physical strength and leave us in a weakened condition, God strengthens our inner man. He will not disappoint our trust, but will answer us speedily. Do you want to be preserved in your time of trouble? Keep your trust in God!