This lengthy psalm of David was penned at the occasion of David’s deliverance from his enemies, even Saul, who has persecuted him. He begins by declaring his love for the Lord and extolling His virtues. Several phrases used often in worship are found here. “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.” After this comes the descriptions of God’s awesome presence coming to save David,
“7 Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
8 Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With darkness under His feet.
10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.”
David describes his salvation in terms of God sending hailstones and fire, and His arrows to scatter the foe,
“The foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.”
David then declares that his deliverance was a result of his own righteousness and obeying God’s precepts and laws. He also, though, follows that up with an understanding that all his strength comes from the Lord:
“28 For You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
30 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Finally, he again declares God’s awesome power and might in the words, “The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.”
This psalm is a song of victory, vindication, and rejoicing. David has seen the hand of God over time preserve him, and then deliver him. David is now becoming King of his nation and serving the very God who called him in the role for which he was born. In the midst of your wilderness wanderings, in the throes of being pursued, even when life seems too hard to bear, know that God is working on your behalf. Your enemies will fall, your time will come for God’s favor and the fulfillment of His plan for your life!