David begins this psalm with a contention that his cause is just, and thus prays for vindication. His heart is tried and true, and he has shunned the works of evil men. He cries out for help that his footsteps not slip. He then extols the virtues of His God, who will hear his prayer and give lovingkindness. He names Him as a Lord that will protect David and
“8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
9 From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.”
He then proceeds to tell of the evils of his enemies and again asks God to confront them and cast them down with His sword. He sums up the psalm with this expression of faith:
“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”
David’s psalm sounds much like our cries today. Evil runs rampant and evil men succeed. However, our faith is not in men. Our faith is in the Lord, who is strong and mighty. His strength is great and will save us from the tide of evil in our world today!