For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilb of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”
1Save me, O GOD, by YOUR Name;
Vindicate me By YOUR Might.
2Hear my prayer, O GOD;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for GOD.c
4Surely GOD Is my Help;
The LORD Is The ONE WHO Sustains me.
5Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
In YOUR Faithfulness Destroy them.
6I will sacrifice a freewill offering To YOU;
I will praise YOUR Name, LORD, for It Is Good.
7YOU Have Delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
The title tells us upon what occasion it was penned-when the inhabitants of Ziph, men of Judah (types of Judas the traitor), betrayed David to Saul, by informing him where he was and putting him in a way how to seize him. This they did twice (1 Samuel 23:19; 26:1).
I. He complains to GOD of the malice of his enemies, and prays for help against them (v. 1-3).
II. He comforts himself with an assurance of the Divine Favor and Protection, and that, in due time, his enemies should be confounded and be delivered (v. 4-7).
When we are in distress we may sing this psalm in prayer.