“Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in You. I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings until danger passes. I call to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me. He reaches down from heaven and saves me, challenging the one who tramples me. Selah God sends His faithful love and truth. I am surrounded by lions; I lie down with those who devour men. Their teeth are spears and arrows; their tongues are sharp swords. God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth.”
I Samuel 22-24 tells the story from which this Psalm was written. David was running from Saul, the king of Israel who was trying to kill him because he thought David was trying to dethrone him. David had a small army of 400 men and his family who joined him in a cave in Adullam. Saul and his army go out to find and kill him.
Unable to find David, Saul stops to use the restroom and chooses the very cave David and his squad is hiding in! Saul is so close to David, and in a compromised condition, that David actually sneaks up behind Saul as he’s squated down and cuts a corner if his robe off. Still, David refuses to kill Saul and prohibits his men from doing so out of respect for Saul office as “king” and out of respect for God, Who had selected and anointed Saul as the king.
When Saul was funished and had gone down the hill from the cave, David shouted fown to him, “now you have proof that I will not kill you because I had the perfect chance, yet slared you–here’s a piece of your robe to prove it!
Consequently, Saul was convinced and quit chasing David and Saul also realizes that David would some day become the king when he died.
David did become king and led Israel to and thru it’s best times in history!
So David writes, “be graceous to me God, for I’m depending on You, trusting in You and hiding in You”! David declares that he will continue to hide in God’s shadow, literally under the “shadow of Your (God’s) wings-symbolic of being in the very presence of God, in the holy of holies, on the ark of the covenant, under the cheribim’s wings, where no one in their right mind would go (because they would die in God’s holy presence)! David literally ran TO GOD in days of trouble!
In vs 2, David calls out yo God, Whom he knew would save him (vs 3).
David knew God would save and fulfill His purpose for him (vs. 2), even though he was surrounded by those, who like hungry lions, wanted to devour him!
David trusted God, so he sings (twice-vss 5 and 11) “God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth.”
Who or what are you relying on to protect you today? Money? A job? Your own ingenuity? Or have you maybe given up on even having a God given destiny?
Just like David, God has a plan for you. Just like David, God will protect you to carry out His plan for you! Just like David, you can hide in God’s presence and trust Him. What will you do?
Think about it!