Theme: God’s protection of Israel from the attack of wrathful men!
1. The King muses upon God’s protection of Israel – vs.1-5
Can you list some of the historical accounts of God’s protection of Israel both in Biblical and more recent history?
2 Chronicles 32:16-22 Senacherib attack on Israel (King Hezekiah)
What do the poetic allusion in verses 4 and 5 bring to your mind?
2. The King magnifies God for His protection of Israel – vs.6-7
Can you praise God for a time in your life when God protected you from a wicked attack of men?
Paul’s praise – “Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me (2Timothy 3:11).
3. The King manifests his confidence in Jehovah for future times of trial – vs.8
When you are in need of help, to who do you first turn?
How should this Psalm influence our prayers tonight?
“Ver. 1,2,8. — These three things will I bear on my heart, O Lord: “The Lord was on our side,” this for the past: “The snare is broken,” for the present; “Our help is in the name of the Lord,” this for the future. I will not and I cannot be fainthearted, whether in my contest with Satan, in my intercourse with the world, or in the upheavings of my wicked heart, so long as I hold this “threefold cord” in my hand, or rather, am held by it.” –Alfred Edersheim.