In a time of despondency and perhaps illness, the sweet singer of Israel presents the pain of his anguished spirit to God. His seeming complaint is not truly a complaint, but rather an appeal to the one who never lets him down. In this song/prayer, David expresses his need by asking how long it will be before God helps him.
In the poetic portions of Scripture, God is said to hide his face when it seems he does not care or is not listening. When he lifts up his face or his face shines upon his people, there is the sense of approval, blessing, and deliverance. Even as David prays and sings, he knows that God cares in his time of grief and pain. Prayer is not merely a reflexive act, but do we not feel better when we pray?
When we are down and out and we wrestle with our thoughts and perhaps our faith, our enemies sense an opportunity for victory over us. Satan leads the forces of opposition against the faithful. As long as we look to the LORD, Satan will not triumph over us. Our God is greater than our adversary. In times of weakness, we are tempted to look away from God, but then more than ever, we must seek his help. Sometimes “Save me God,” means “Deliver me, and get me through this.”
The psalmist trusts in the unfailing love of God! David’s despondency is changed to confidence as he contemplates the love of God. “The love of God within my heart will kindliness and warmth impart!” David considers God’s steadfast love, his divine intervention, his readiness to render aid, and his abounding goodness. And David knows that God cares. Then he praises God. “I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” God is good all the time.
My comments are not an inspired commentary, but rather a few words to draw attention to the background, context, and dynamic situation of the book of Psalms. May God bless your reading of His Word. T.C.