God will never reject anyone who trusts in Him. Here we have a prayer of someone who comes to God with his fears. As it is written in the psalms, “When I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” He asks that God will rescue him from those who are deceitful and wicked. He is oppressed by his enemy.
With this prayer he displays a clear understanding of the merciful character of God. He understands that righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s rule, but he also knows his God is merciful.
This knowledge and understanding of God makes it easy for him to plead his case before God. There is no hesitation. Let this inspire us to leave vengeance in the hands of God and not to go about concocting our own schemes to get back at those who have hurt us.
He does not come before the throne of mercy claiming to be an innocent man. He has his own faults. He is appealing to God’s righteousness and not his own. With this understanding he makes his case against his enemies. When we are in need of God’s help let no enemy ever tell us that we do not ‘deserve’ God’s help. None of us deserve anything from God’s hands since we have all sinned and fallen short of His glory. If God could only help perfect people, who would qualify?
He prays boldly for deliverance from his enemy. He acknowledged that God is his strength. He says, “You are God my stronghold…” He is not relying on the arm of flesh. He did not run to people for deliverance, but straight to the throne of his God.
When we are distressed by all kinds of problems, we feel as we are hurled into darkness. We may become so overwhelmed that we can no longer think clearly. We may be so enveloped by our problems that we see no way out. As a solution to this condition, the psalmist prays that God will send forth His light. He knows this Light will lead him back into the presence and fellowship of his God.
Sometimes, we may feel darkness surrounding even our prayer life. It feels lifeless. We no longer sense the closeness of the Lord as we do at other times. We feel as if our prayers hit the ceiling. This may also represent a spiritual darkness which may become unbearable to the one who loves the Lord’s nearness.
When we find ourselves in these various situations of darkness, may we learn to pray, “Send me your light…” Amen. Then we will be able to see clearly our way out of the darkness.
Most importantly, we should never forget that when we pray like this we are in fact calling on the guidance of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12