For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"
1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.[c]
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
How often do you feel as thought he whole world is against you? Does it seem as though you just can't win no matter how hard you try or what you do? You're not alone. David had the same feeling as Saul and his men, the Ziphites, kept searching for him to kill him although David had done nothing wrong. David had gained notoriety and fame for killing Goliath. After his great feat of courage and strength he was elected, by Saul mind you, to be the commander of the army. More than that, way back before he even defeated Goliath, Samuel had anointed David as king even while Saul was still king.
Now, because David had gained this power and strength, and because God was with him in everything he did, Saul became increasingly jealous and full of rage, so much so, that he sought to kill David with everything he had. David had to run and hide for his life with his men. He sought rest, but never found it. He wanted to be reconciled with Saul, but Saul wouldn't have it. Eventually, Saul would go down to his own death searching for David and trying to kill him.
It is in this mess that David cries out to god and says, "Save me, O God, by your name, vindicate me by your might."
It is also in this Psalm that David exclaims "Surely God is my help, the Lord is the one who sustains me."
When you are going through the worst of times, there is nothing better, more calming, and more satisfying than crying out to God. When you are weak then HE is strong. It gives you confidence, hope, and peace in the middle of your circumstances. Cry out to God in the day of trouble and he will sustain you! Give him your troubles and he will give you his peace! Try it today and see what happens.
Let us pray: Lord God, you alone are my help and my shield, a mighty fortress and help are you, sustain me in my weakness. deliver me according to your good will. Amen.
LAST TIME'S QUIZ: What are the names of Job's other three friends? Bildad, Zophar, and Eliphaz
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Dawn Sherman; 11- Jacob Winn
Ushers- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Altar- Set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Steve McDowell; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Hope Tinnin; 11- Charlie and Lynn Figura
Lay readers- Sat- Kathy Fischer 8:30- Steve McDowell 11- Christy Winn
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; Sun- 8:30- Panhorst
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