Have you ever felt alone? Or have you felt that life just isn’t fair? Or like you’ve been dealt a losing hand and everyone else is cheating? David knew that feeling. He was God’s chosen king, yet he could echo the sentiment from “Fiddler on the Roof,” maybe just once He could choose someone else.
In verse 1, David asks God, “Why do you stand so far off?” He felt alone, forsaken, abandoned. He looked around himself and saw wicked men prospering. He saw them laying traps, making schemes, devising plans; and it all seemed to go off without a hitch. So he wondered where God was in all of this.
“Arise LORD! Lift up Your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.” (vs 12 NIV) David prays. He entreats God to come to the rescue, to save those who cannot save themselves. None of us can save ourselves. We all need a Savior who can take away the penalty for our sin.
Then David remembers something; “But You, O God, DO see trouble and grief; You consider it and take it in hand.” (vs 14 NIV) God does see. He knows. He cares. God is right beside us through every sorrow, every pain; every raw deal we receive. He sees each tear and feels every heartache. He is there to comfort and help through it all.
“The LORD IS King forever and ever.” (vs 16 NIV) No matter what! No matter who does us dirt, the Lord IS King. No matter how bad our day, week, month, year seems, the Lord IS King. The LORD IS King!
“You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them, and You listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” (vs 17-18 NIV) God hears. God sees. God cares. The Lord IS King!