Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. ~Psalm 54:4
David was hiding in the wilderness of Ziph from Saul. Ziph was located in the southern portion of Judah. The Ziphites were near of kin to David. The Ziphites sent a report to Saul that David was in their land and that they pledged themselves to Saul’s capture of David. David wrote Psalm 54 as a testimonial of God’s help in his life during this crisis. This psalm was written as a teaching psalm. It teaches us that when friends and associates have abandoned us, God is always there to help us.
We see the intimidation.
“For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.” David knew that Saul was against him. It was disheartening and frightening to him that the Ziphites were planning to turn him in to Saul. The Ziphites were men of Judah: men who were near of kin to David. David’s thoughts were flooded with great fear. He felt intimidated and overwhelmed that, from within and without, men wanted to hurt him. When we think that the world is against us, we feel weak and helpless in our own power.
We see the intercession.
David prayed for God to save him. Somewhere in that wilderness, David found a quiet and secluded spot where he could pour out his heart to God. He interceded for his safety and for that of the 600 men that were with him. His intercession was prompt. His intercession was with pressure: he placed great urgency for God to do something quickly. God was using David’s flight from Saul to develop him in intercessory prayer. He learned the importance of getting a hold of God in every situation in life.
We see the intervention.
“Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.” David experienced the divine help of God just when he needed it. It was during that time that Jonathan came to him and gave him encouragement. Jonathan was a breath of fresh air to David. “Uphold” has the meaning to revive and refresh. Saul and the Ziphites could not do anything to harm David. God, as your Helper, never leaves you disappointed.
We see the inspiration.
“I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.” In the midst of his trouble, David returned to worship. He worshipped in freedom. He worshipped with fervency. David was not inhibited in the least bit from making sacrifices in the wilderness to express his worship of God.
We see the insulation.
“For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.” David was protected from all harm and trouble. Those against him saw that God’s hand was on him. David saw his prayers answered. David was inspired to worship God with sacrifices. David was encouraged that the shadow of the Almighty was upon him.
God is mine Helper when I am abandoned. God is mine Helper when I don’t know what to do. Bring all your troubles to God: He is your Helper.
Have a strengthened God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Chronicles 9-12