Psalm 70 (NIV)
1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
2 May those who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Lord, do not delay.
David felt desperate as he was being chased by his enemies. He asks God to help him quickly and to turn away his enemies who desire to see him come to ruin. Luckily, I don’t have anybody who is chasing me down or pursuing me, hoping to see me come to ruin. However, if I think of the spiritual battle that I face, the Bible says that Satan is our enemy. (1 Peter 5:8) Satan wants to see me come to ruin and to stray from God.
I like David’s attitude as he humbled himself and did not depend on his own effort or strength to fight his enemies. He turned it over to God to provide justice and to save him from his enemies. He described himself as being poor and needy and describes God as being his help and his deliverer. He begged God to help him as he relied on the power of God and not on his own strength. If I am to get God’s attention to help me in my situation, I will also need to humble myself and become poor and needy, desiring God to work out a solution for my situation.