Praying Through the Bible #53 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: How to Rise From Trouble to Triumph
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 52 messages in this series.
This is message #53 titled “How to Rise From Trouble to Triumph”
Let us begin by taking a look at the title of this Psalm. It reads: “To the chief Musician upon Neg-i-noth, a Maschil (or instructive Psalm) of David, when the Ziphites came to Saul, and said, Doth not David conceal himself among us?”
This title refers to the events of David’s life recorded in First Samuel 23 when the inhabitants of the city of Ziph, from the tribe of Judah, betrayed David to Saul. David was on the run from Saul at the time, and he decided to hide out in the mountainous wilderness of Ziphim. Ziph was a small town, and the men of Ziph were very treacherous. The Bible tells us that, on at least two occasions, they tried to set David up to be captured by Saul. This Psalm refers to the first of these occasions.
While David and his men were holed up on one side of the mountain, the Ziphites went to Saul and said, “We know where he is. Come and get him.” They probably did this for a reward that they expected Saul to give them for helping him capture his enemy. So, now we have a sense of David’s mindset as the words of this psalm began to form in his head. He is cornered. Saul comes down with his army that greatly outnumbers David’s. The Bible tells us that David and his men are on one side of the mountain while Saul and his men are on the other side of the very same mountain. That’s like you and your worst enemy being in the same house — you are in the bedroom and they are in the kitchen. It’s not easy to sleep when your enemy is that close. No doubt, David was worried. David was afraid. David was fearful.
As I mentioned, this Psalm is a Maschil — that is, it is a Psalm written for instruction. It is not just a praise psalm; it is not just a feel-good psalm. It is a psalm that was written with the intention of showing others how they should react when they are afraid. David intends to show us what to do in times of fear. And, today, we will learn from his example.
1. David calls out to God in his trouble. David prays, “Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. Hear my prayer, O God…” In the Psalms, we find that David had no problem pouring out his troubles to God. As Francois Fenelon said, “If you pour out all your weaknesses, needs, and troubles, there will be no lack of what to say when you pray.” So, David calls out to God in his trouble.
2. David comforts himself. David has a habit of comforting himself. Sometimes, when no one else will comfort you, you have to comfort yourself. David comforts himself in this situation by remembering two promises of God. In verses 4 and 5 he says, “Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.”
3. David celebrates his deliverance. In verses 6 and 7 of this psalm, David says, “I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good. For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.” In just five verses, David moves from trouble to triumph, from problems to praise, from praying to praising, from worrying to worship, from death to deliverance.