1 Make haste, 0 God, to deliver me! 0 LORD, make haste to help me! 2 Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonour who delight in my hurt! 3 Let them turn back because of their shame who say, "Aha, Aha!" 4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!" 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, 0 God! You are my help and my deliverer; 0 LORD, do not delay! (ESV)
"Make haste, for I'm in deep distress, my case is urgent; help me now."
Urgent prayer. With some variations, this psalm is very similar to Psalm 40. The chief difference between them is the sense of urgency in today's psalm. David gets right to the point with a repeated plea for God's help (vv. 1, 5). His example is a good reminder for us. "It is not forbidden us, in hours of dire distress, to ask for speed on God's part in his coming to rescue us ... It is most [appropriate] that we should day by day cry to God for deliverance and help:' Also, verse 2 is more succinct than Psalm 40:14, a further reminder of the urgency of his prayer. Spurgeon points out that "a man in haste uses no more words than are actually necessary:' The pressing need to come to God is based on the fact that we are poor and needy (v. 5). Paradoxically, "our poverty is our wealth, even as our weakness is our strength." Even though our prayers are urgent we have confidence in God, who is able to deliver us (v. 5). He is the LORD, who is faithful to his covenant with us.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 66-67