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Psalm 54: God is with them that uphold my soul

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In Psalm 54, David asks God to save him by his name and to judge him by his strength. The many names of God are powerful. They show the many attributes of God: The Lord our healer -- Jehovah-Rapha-- is a name that heals. The Lord our provider -- Jehovah-Rophe-- is God as our provider. There are other names as well: God our strength, God our righteousness, God our shepherd. In the Bible there are countless names for God by which the believer can be helped.

This psalm commemorates the moment when David was in hiding, but news was sent to Saul that David was hiding among them. Not only was his enemy against him but now strangers who knew little about him were against him. In this moment, David first divides the world into those who are with him and those who are against him. Then he declares that God is with those who are with him. He even goes so far as to say that those who are not with him have not set God before him.

Such declarations require a kind of holy arrogance and some situations require that one be conceited enough to survive. As David says, "The Lord is on my side."

1{To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?} Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

2Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

3For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

4Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

6I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.

7For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

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