Reading the Word
Psalm 70:1–5 (ESV)
1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! 2 Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 3 Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” 4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
Understanding and Applying the Word
This psalm is almost identical to the words of Psalm 40:13-17. Here we find David once again calling out to God to defeat his enemies and deliver his from trouble. In verse 4 we read David’s words of praise as he considers that God is the one who is able to deliver him.
As David calls out for God’s help and even finds words of praise in the midst of his prayer, he ends the psalm with “But I am poor and needy.” These words are true of all of us, which is exactly why we all need God to save us. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” When we come to a realization of our poverty and need, it is then that we are in a position to find God’s salvation. When we realize we cannot save ourselves, we are forced to look outside of ourselves to the one who can deliver us. This is why those who seek the Lord say, “God is great!”
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