Verse 1-2. “O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me, Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.”
The Hebrew word for “Trust” means “to seek refuge.” God is the only One we can put our trust in and the only One we can seek refuge in. Persecution is normal for the believer in Christ. The Bible says that “and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). The Bible also says that “we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Jesus said that “a servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also” (John 15:20). The Bible says that we are blessed if we are “persecuted for righteousness’ sake” (Matt. 5:10). We ought to “rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:12).
Verse 3-5. “O LORD my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands, If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or have plundered my enemy without cause, Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah.”
Here David defends his integrity. We need to be a people of integrity. The Bible says that “the righteous man walks in his integrity” (Prov. 20:7). David also says that he has not repaid evil to him who was at peace with him. The Bible says:
"Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Rom. 12:17-21).
Verse 6-16. “Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded! So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high. The LORD shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me. Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.”
In this Psalm, David cries out “Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just.” This should be the cry of our hearts as we see the wickedness and the lawlessness abound all around us. The wicked will not get away with it. There is a day coming that God will judge the wicked and find them guilty and cast them into everlasting fire in hell. The Bible talks about The Judgment Day in Revelation 20:
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:11-15).
In contrast, the righteous will not be found guilty before God on the last day because they have put their faith in Christ. They have an Advocate and a Mediator who pleads their cause before God. The righteous are found innocent and pure before God because they “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). The Bible says that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). The righteous are “justified by faith” and “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
Verse 17. "I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High."
Here David praises the Lord for His righteousness and sings praises to His name. The praises of the Lord should be always on our hearts and lips. The Bible says that we should “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15). The Bible exhorts us to speak “to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19).
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136:1).
Next to Christmas, Thanksgiving is my second most favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is a time for us to look back and remember what the Lord has done for us. Thanksgiving should always be in our hearts and lips not only once a year in November but every day of our lives. The Lord wants us to be a thankful people and not forget all His benefits.
What does the Bible say about Thanksgiving?
1. It is God’s will for us to be thankful. We need to be thankful in everything – in the good times and in the bad times; in times of prosperity and in times of adversity; and in times of joy and in times of sorrow. That is God’s will for us. God does not like a people who murmur or complain but only those who are grateful and thankful.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18).
2. We need to be always thankful.
“Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name” (Psalm 30:4).
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms” (Psalm 95:2).
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4).
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:17).
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15).
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad” (Psalm 34:1-2).
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 4:2).
3. When we come to God in prayer, we need to bring our thanksgiving also.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:6).
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”(Col. 4:2).
4. We need to be ever mindful and not forget what the Lord has done for us.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1-5).
What I am Thankful For
I am thankful that Jesus intercedes for me. He is my great High Priest who sympathizes with me and cares for me.
“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Rom. 8:34).
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:15-16).
I am thankful that Jesus has died for me and that He is my substitute.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
I am thankful that Jesus has set me free from my sins. I was once a slave of sin and of Satan but Jesus has made me free. He has unshackled my chains.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34-36).
I am thankful that Jesus has reconciled me to the Father. Because of Jesus, I can boldly approach the father. And because of Jesus, I am fully accepted by the Father.
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6).
I am thankful that God has forgiven me of all my sins – past, present, and future. I no longer have to carry this burden of guilt upon my shoulders anymore. God has cast all my sins behind His back and He remembers them no more.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Col. 2:13).
“He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19).
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 8:12).
I am thankful that God has given me eternal life, and no one will be able to snatch me out of His Father’s hand.
“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life” (1 John 2:25).
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 John 5:11).
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
I am thankful that God keeps me through trials and tribulations. He works everything out for my good and conforms me to the image of His Son through these trials and afflictions.
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:5-7).
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
I am thankful for God’s mercies and His faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning and His mercy endures forever.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:8-13).
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
I am thankful that God provides for me. His eye is on the sparrow and I know also that He watches over me.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).