Seeker: “Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O LORD, make haste to help me!”
Preacher: Seeker, what do you imagine the psalmist wanted to be delivered from?
Seeker: If the psalmist in the case was King David, it would depend on what stage of his kingship he was in. He did not have an easy reign. Beginning, middle, and end – there were situations to deal with, issues that arose, enemies to quell, and family to contend with.
Preacher: You have summed it up pretty well, Seeker. As good a summary as I could do. Plenty of fodder for petition and intercession. Let’s hear what more the psalmist has to say.
Seeker: “Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.”
Preacher: Still no clue in that, is there?
Seeker: “Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.”
Preacher: Now that is sounding a little more like the middle of his reign; that he was established as king and was contending against critics who were blaming and pointing fingers. I think less likely that it was near the end of his reign. By then his own family was conspiring against him, and the tone would have been more bitter then.
Seeker: “Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
Preacher: Adding this statement in, if I were to hazard a guess, I would say early in his kingship. Before the weight of leadership had set in and he was more of a prophet king, leading his people to the Divine.
Seeker: “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!” (Psalm 70) I don’t know, Preacher. This sounds like plea and petition that both king and subject alike might pray.
Preacher: That is an interesting observation, Seeker. In a sense (well, actually in reality) we are all subjects to the Divine. The prayer of a Godly leader and the prayer of a lowly but faithful penitent would sound much alike.
Seeker: There is wisdom there, Preacher. No matter how high and mighty one may think themselves, next to the Divine there are nothing. I think that might be why King David / the psalmist was a man after the Divine’s Heart. He knew full well what his position and stature was next to the Almighty.
Preacher: Shalom and Selah, Seeker. Shalom and Selah!