Psalm 54 — The Power of Truth — Reading the Psalms


For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David: When the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?

1 Save me, O God, by thy name,
And judge me in thy might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers are risen up against me,
And violent men have sought after my soul:
They have not set God before them.     Selah
4 Behold, God is mine helper:
The Lord is of them that uphold my soul.
5 He shall requite the evil unto mine enemies:
Destroy thou them in thy truth.
6 With a freewill offering will I sacrifice unto thee:
I will give thanks unto thy name, O LORD, for it is good.
7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble;
And mine eye hath seen my desire upon mine enemies.

In our troubles and trials truth is one of the few things on which we can depend. Even those who do not know or have any interest in God know the importance of truth. Without it we have no continuity, trust or even reason. Yet, so many times, it is from truth which we want to hide.

When David was in trouble, betrayed by those to whom he did no harm, he called on God and God’s truth for help. Betrayal is a form of breaking truth which David could not resolve on his own. However, by God’s help would David find vindication. Revenge, taken on by man, goes astray; yet trusting in God’s power to avenge wrong is always sure and in truth.

Do not let your passion and desire delude you, as Satan deceived Eve. His truths are only half-truths. They are appealing because of their connection to our passions: fear, anger, anxiety, hunger and lust, to name a few. Truth will always lead to satisfaction in the form of righteousness. Lies and lusts lead only to destruction.


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