Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence,
my deadly enemies who surround me.
They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
They have now surrounded our steps;
they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
He is like a lion eager to tear,
as a young lion lurking in ambush.
Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
from men by your hand, O LORD,
from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
You fill their womb with treasure;
they are satisfied with children,
and they leave their abundance to their infants.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
Comment: In the first half of this Psalm, yesterday’s reading, David was presenting his own case for God to look on him favourably because he was one of the good guys. And David follows up in an honest statement of commitment to God’s way, in order to claim God as able to stop some person(s) from poking fingers in his eyes or doing violence against him as he sheltered under God’s care. His attackers seem to have everything and be intent on destroying David and leaving him as one mangled by a lion. They have many children, much wealth and are going to leave their family a huge inheritance. Nevertheless ‘knowing You, O God, is worth more than all that, to me’!
Prayer: Help to keep my values in line with Yours, O God!