1. The Pleading Psalm 54:1-3
Text: “Save, O God, by Thy Name, and judge me by Thy strength.” Psalm 54:1.
Good morning, Christian besieged by
enemies, fears, and anxieties! If this
sense of being Spiritually, mentally, and emotionally besieged describes how
you feel this morning, please join the club – for the author is right down
there with you in that ‘...slough of despond...’, as Bunyan puts it in his Pilgrim’s
Progress, and both you and I need to run swiftly to our place of personal
prayer, to humbly plead with the Lord God Jehovah, for His help. Let us do so immediately. Selah: Now think upon this in solemn prayer
for God’s help.
2. The Praise! Psalm 54:4-7
Text: “Behold (look closely, and fully understand), God is mine Helper: The Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in Thy truth.”
Good morning, delivered Christian! You have been - with the author - down
wallowing in the depths of dread, fears, and anxieties for far too long, and
have suffered much down there. However,
our sufferings have driven us to the only One that can deliver us from all fear
and dread – we have taken our humble, reverent pleadings to the throne of God’s
ever-given grace, and there found a Divine Helper Who not only cares for our
besieged souls, but has gone to Calvary’s cruel Cross in our place, and
suffered the just penalty for every sin we have ever, or shall ever, commit
against our Holy Lord God. Hallelujah! What a Saviour we have in the Son of the
Living Lord God, Jesus Christ the righteous!
Glory to His Name!
was no other good enough to pay the price of sin...He only could unlock the gate
of Heaven and let us in...” (Hymn: There is a Green Hill Far Away. Cecil Frances
Is it not truly wonderful that, once the persecution, the
fears, the dread and anxieties, have been lifted off by our Lord God’s grace –
the sense of utter relief and deliverance is a very real and deep blessing
indeed? When the city cruelly besieged
for any given period finds such relief – that deliverance and relief bubbles
over and out of hearts/voices in open praise.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who
forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy
life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender
mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is
renewed like the eagles.” (Psalm
“From verses 1 to 3, where the ‘Selah’ makes a pause for
us, the Psalmist pleads with God, and then in the rest of the song, laying
aside all doubt, he chants a hymn of joyful triumph. The vigour of faith is the death of anxiety
and the birth of security.” (C.H.
Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 248)
True, God-given FAITH in Christ, is the only thing that can
bring the besieged Christian up out of the horrors of deep depression, fear,
dread, heartache, and prolonged grief.
Every true Christian necessarily possesses this Divine gift of faith –
but at times during our trials and Christian lives, we can be very slow to
EXERCISE it to gain God’s promised relief.
Thus, we prolong the dreadful experience, and leave ourselves to wallow
in the realm of assumed Spiritual defeat and emotional pain. This should not be, dear friend!
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen. For by it (God-given
faith) the elders (early believers) obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds
were formed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of
things which do appear... By faith...”
(Hebrews chapter 11 gives a Divine list of things which were
accomplished by men/women only by the exercise of God-given faith!) (Hebrews
4. “Behold, says he, I produce a certain fact,
well known, demonstrated by a new proof, and worthy of all attention; for the
particle behold contains this breadth of meaning.” (Hermann Venema, 1697-1787)
“Behold, God is my helper. He saw enemies
everywhere, and now to his joy as he looks upon the band of his defenders, he
sees One Whose aid is better than all the help of men; he is overwhelmed with
joy at recognizing his Divine Champion and cries, Behold. And is not this a theme for pious exultation
in all time, that the great God protects us, His own people: what matter the
number or violence of our foes when He uplifts the shield of His omnipotence to
guard us and the sword of His power to aid us?
Little care we for the defiance of the foe while we have the defence of
God.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David,
“The Lord is my Rock, and my fortress, and
my deliverer; my God, my strength, in Whom I will trust; my buckler, and the
horn of my Salvation, and my high tower.
I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be
saved from mine enemies.” (Psalm
Verse 5. “He
shall reward evil unto mine enemies. Let us not think for one moment
that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, went all the way from Heaven to become
man; all the way through life and its sufferings as a man for thirty-three
years; all the way to the cruelty of the scourging, and the brutal buffeting;
the shameful ridicule of sinful man; all the way to that fearful Cross of
ultimate torture and pain – to bear the sins of ‘His people’ - only to let us
suffer unnecessary sufferings at the hands of mere mortal enemies? Never!
Christ has promised His judgements on all those that persecute, hinder,
and harm the souls that bear His precious Blood of infinite Sacrifice.
“And He saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of
the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still:
and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let
him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, BEHOLD (See and fully understand), I
come quickly; and My reward is with me, to give every man according as his work
shall be.” (Revelation 22:10-12)
persecutors of Christ’s followers BEWARE – ‘...the time is at hand...’!
Verse 6. “I
will freely sacrifice unto Thee. Spontaneously will
I bring my fee-will offerings. So
certain is he of deliverance, that he offers a vow by anticipation. His overflowing gratitude would load the
altars of God with victims cheerfully presented. The more we receive, the more we ought to
render. The spontaneousness of our gifts
is a great element in their acceptance; “...the Lord loveth a cheerful giver...” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 248)
Verse 6. “I
will praise Thy Name.” “At the Name of
Jesus, every knee should bow...and... every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Verse 7. “For He hath delivered me out of all trouble. Sore, and profoundly hurtful are the troubles of Christians today – in this increasingly apostate 21st Century world. Yet, we have God’s promise before us: He will deliver us out of ALL trouble. Wait upon the Lord.
Thought: Psalm 54 contains a Pleading & a
Praise. We do well to offer both to our
God. Our Pleadings to Him, result in His
ever-given help. Our praises quickly