Posted: February 15, 2010
Let us continue our study this week of Psalm 54. We found last time this is a Psalm of which the subject is that of great faith. I looked last time at 'A Illustration Of Faith'. David had taken up residence with the Ziphites while running from Saul. They have sent word to Saul and told him of David's whereabouts. Saul is coming to take his life. It is during this time that David pens the words before us.
I want to look these days in verses 1-3 and 'A Supplication For This Faith'. In verse 1 David lays before us the 'Subject Of This Supplication'. David asks for deliverance in the phrase " …O God, by thy name," God often reveals Himself by His name. He was known as Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai, the God of Creation, the God of Covenant, and the God of Control. He is our blessed maker, mediator, and master. When David mentions the name 'God' He refers to Him as the great God of creation. When he uses the phrase 'by thy name' he is employing all the attributes of God to come to bear upon this subject. There is no greater peace found in prayer but in the name of our sweet Lord. Let us breathe it often in prayer.
I see in 1b 'The Test Of This Subject'. It is here David opens his life to the all-seeing eye of God when he prays " …judge me by thy strength." It is a great place to be when we can say there is nothing between my soul and the Saviour. God sends but two kinds of trouble. They are perfecting and correcting. It is a blessed time when we know we have done nothing amiss to deserve correction from God. May we walk in such a fashion that in a time of trouble we can cry, 'Search me O God and see if there be any wicked way in me.'
In verse 2 I find 'The Standard Of This Supplication'. In 2a I see 'The Hearing Standard'. David's desire was for God to hear and give ear to his prayer. Why would David be so concerned that God hear his prayers? Doesn't God hear all prayers? No He does not. In I John, Chapter 5 we find that we have this confidence that if God hears our prayers we have the petition that we have asked of Him. May our desire ever be to have an audience with our God. I find the plea 'O God' is a term of desperation addressed to Elohim the God who makes all things from nothing.
In 2b I find 'The Speaking Standard'. I love it when I go to Church and everyone prays out loud. It makes some nervous. It gives me a sense of liberty. My wife and I often pray out loud together. It keeps our minds fully awake when we use our tongues as well as our hearts. When the enemy was pressing in David must be assured of an audience and thus his pleadings were out loud with desperation.
Let us draw out attention lastly to verse 3 and 'The Specifics Of This Supplication'. In 3a there is 'A Specific Supplication For Strangers'. David used the word 'stranger' which has the meaning of a foreigner. David is saying 'I thought this people was my friend and I knew them well. I came to find that they are a stranger to me.' The word stranger also means a foreigner to the covenant of God. This people claim to know God. David says I have evidence to believe they have never set God before them and they are strangers to the covenants of promise. I say of some on occasion that they wouldn't know God if He came in on a fire truck blowing a siren.
There is also 'A Specific Supplication For Oppressors'. David says they are after my blood, my life, and they want to end my very existence. David is pressing into God with this thought, 'Lord, you have promised me the throne and if you don't intervene these folks will end that idea.'
David closes with 'Selah'. It is almost like saying, 'Lord, this praying has caused me to get out of breathe. Let me pause and catch a breathe.' How often life presses in and we must say, 'Lord, let me catch my breath.' Oh what a grand place prayer is to catch your breath and increase your faith.