But You, O Lord, be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance. Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion’s mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. You who fear the Lord, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard. From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the Lord’s And He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive. Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.
When David laid out his circumstances in verses 1-18, he wrote in the present tense—these were pressures, trials, and persecutions he was presently experiencing. David had not yet been physically delivered from his enemies or his ailments, yet he could confidently say, “You have rescued me!” David could say this because he had turned his attention away from his circumstances and to the presence of God: “You, O Lord, be not far off” (v. 19).
David was able to praise God because God was present in the midst of his afflictions. David was never despised or abandoned by God. David turned his attention away from his circumstances and set his hope on the gracious (v. 24) and sovereign (v. 28) character of God. Doing so allowed him to freely praise the Lord, and pray that everyone would acknowledge and turn to the Lord (vv. 26-27).
One of the reasons we take in God’s truth daily is because when circumstances press on us, we need to know who God is. This happens when we meet Him in His Word. The Word has the power to change our hearts and allows us to trust God, regardless of our circumstances.
- How was David able to worship God in the midst of the incredibly trying circumstances he was in? How did David’s perspective change through his worship of God?
- How might trusting that God is gracious (v. 24) and sovereign (v. 28) help you be able to worship God in the midst of deep affliction?
- Make Psalm 22 your prayer today.