Can a walk through the shadow of death be merciful? A place where it is just you and God, your faith on trial. Picture Moses and the Israelites standing on the shore of the Red Sea, water in front and an angry army behind. Yet Moses’ command to the people is merely to “not be afraid, stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you, you need only be silent” (Exodus 14:14). What is God’s part? To fight. What is the people’s part? To be silent. This is what David calls to himself, to wait on God in silence.
David contemplates God in verse 2, describing him as his rock, salvation and fortress reaching this conclusion, “I shall not be greatly shaken”. Yet attackers await. Attackers who bless with their mouths but have cruel internal motivations. Attackers who only long to tear down others with no plan to build up. Just David, clinging to God, surrounded by a mob.
What is God doing? Well David is sure to remind himself of it. God is being David’s rock, his salvation, and his fortress. A repeat of verse two with one interesting twist. When viewing his attackers and then refocusing on God, David’s words change. He will no longer be “greatly shaken” (v2), rather he will no longer be “shaken” (v6) at all! Why? Because of who his God is.
Do you want to see evil, and specifically evil men as “but a breath”? (v9) Remember who God is as David does with these words, “power belongs to God and that to you O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work” (v11-12). Amen. Lord help us, by the power of your Spirit, to first focus on you.
Pastor Josh Dekker
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalm 61-63