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Psalm 70 is an outcry of King David. As an active king, he was frequently under pressure. Where would he find deliverance? He knows perfectly well that only the Lord is his helper. It is only by God’s grace and mercy that he will be rescued from his enemies.
We may well ask why he was so troubled. After all, he had seen God’s provision all his life. He is the one who confessed that, as a shepherd boy, God had rescued him and his flocks from bears and lions. He is the one who confronted the warrior Goliath in the name of the Lord. He is the one who had faced many enemies at many different times. Of all people, David shouldn’t feel a need to cry out to God as if he thinks he will not be rescued.
Our life in this world is full of dangers. They may be enemies such as David faced. They may be more hidden, subtle enemies. But apart from God’s protection we are all doomed, one way or another. What do we do? Trust ourselves? Trust our circumstances? No, we look to the Lord who can deliver us from our enemies.
It is when we cry out to God for help that we can then reflect on God’s greatness. This is the confidence we have, that when we cry out to God through Jesus, we will also remember that he has conquered every enemy, even sin and death. As partakers of the resurrection of Jesus, then, we cry out, with David, for God’s rescue. Let everyone rejoice in him.
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