My God, I seek refuge in You; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me, or they will tear me like a lion, ripping me apart, with no one to rescue me. Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The One who examines the thoughts and emotions is a righteous God. I will thank the LORD for His righteousness; I will sing about the name of the LORD, the Most High (Psalm 1–2, 9, 17).
Betrayed, hounded, and unjustly accused as a result of Saul’s jealousy and rivalry, David broke forth with a plea, “Lord, it isn’t fair!” I remember someone who accused me of too much self-confidence and arrogance when actually I had many self-doubts. I felt I had been judged unfairly.
David didn’t just complain. He moved on to honest prayer and finally to praise. He came down on the side of God instead of on the side of despair. Deep in his soul David knew that the “Judge of all the earth will do right” (see Gen. 18:25). He found security in God’s righteousness (v. 9).
He practiced in the ancient world what the apostle Paul later taught: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanks giving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7).
O Lord Most High, may I not wallow in despair today, but may I completely trust your righteousness and fairness.