Reading the Word
Psalm 54:1–7 (ESV)
1 O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. 2 O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. 5 He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them. 6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7 For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In this psalm, David appeals to the name of the Lord. As he appeals to his name, he uses two different names for God. The first is Elohim, which is simply translated “God”. When David uses this name he also speaks of God’s strength and power. David also uses the name Yahweh, which is the covenant name of God and speaks of his loyalty and faithfulness to his people. This is the name that is translated “LORD” (all capital letters) in our English Bibles.
As David is threatened by evil, he calls out to God who is both the powerful sovereign one and also the faithful and loyal one. David points to God’s character (i.e. his “name”) and trusts that God will deliver him. He is confident in God and plans to give thanks for what God will do.
David knew God. He knew his power and he knew his faithfulness. And David trusted God. How well do you know the Lord and do you trust him in the midst of whatever it is that you might be facing? There is no better way to get to know him than through spending time reading his word and in prayer each day. If you have not already done so, schedule time each day to do just that.
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