In this psalm, David’s faith is still in play, but it seems that he must be in the midst of tremendous turmoil or peril. He speaks with a bit more desperation, a little more urgency:
“1 To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me,
Lest, if You are silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.”
He asks God not to count him with the workers of iniquity, who are destined for destruction, but rather to give them their just punishment and spare David. He then goes on to bless the Lord for His answers to David’s prayer and utters the famous lines:
“6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.”
He follows that up with a declaration that the whole nation praises the Lord for His protection and provision of them.
David is struggling a bit, here, perhaps seeing the actual war right before his eyes. He feels the pressure of life or death right before him. Sometimes in life, the battle is more real. Sometimes, the bullets are whizzing by our heads or the arrows are flying past closely. When those times come, it is with a sense of urgency that we call upon the Lord. It does not mean that we do not believe, it just means that the enemy is more real on that particular day, in that particular moment. When an army battalion radios in for air support, because the enemy is overwhelming them on a certain front, jets or bombers come in and “light up a hill.” When the enemy is overwhelming you, call in a air strike, and the Lord will light up the hill on which your enemy is attacking, and the victory will come. Count on it!