JUNE 5

Read | Psalm 54

Save me, O God, by your name;

    vindicate me by your might.

Hear my prayer, O God;

    listen to the words of my mouth.

Arrogant foes are attacking me;

    ruthless people are trying to kill me—

    people without regard for God.

Surely God is my help;

    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;

    in your faithfulness destroy them.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;

    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.

You have delivered me from all my troubles,

    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

Respond | Ian Graham

Psalm 54 is both frenetic and self-assured. The psalmist cries out to God, “save me!” Yet in almost the same breath the psalmist confidently, “Surely God is my help.” For many of us, we need training in both of these postures. What’s your default response in distress? Anxiety? Distraction? Anger? Withdrawing? The psalmist’s reflex is inviting us, call out to God. Second, what’s your heart like when you do petition God for help? Do you rest in assurance, trusting that God truly has you taken care of? Or do you ask God and then keep going on as if everything depended upon your insight and strength? Psalm 54 paints a picture of confident urgency, the psalmist even offers a free will offering in the midst of his distress. We need training to need God and to trust him. The psalms are the handbook for this sort of life.

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