As always, please take time to read this beautiful portion of Scripture.
The subtitle or superscription in the printed text of the Bible suggests this psalm belongs to the collection of songs used by the leader of worship at temple celebrations. It is a confession of trust and a call to trust in the LORD. The all upper-case word LORD in the Old Testament represents the four-letter name of God in the Hebrew Bible. Ancient scribes were hesitant to write the personal name for God and substituted “our Lord.” Some English translations use the name Jehovah or Yahweh, which is a combination of Hebrew consonants and Greek vowels.
The setting seems to be the same as that of Psalm 3. David’s son Absalom has campaigned against him and driven him from the throne. Absalom and his men pursue David and his company into the wilderness. The human plight seems hopeless, but the LORD is protecting David. He is the anointed king and a godly man, and God will protect him. God is righteous and he is faithful to his people. We must be righteous and faithful to him.
David rebukes those who look elsewhere for direction and protection, looking to counterfeit gods and ungodly leaders. He appeals to his opponents to cease loving delusions and seeking false gods. Absalom is a case study in pride and corrupt politics. He stole the hearts of Israel by lying about his godly father, King David (2 Sam. 15:1-6). We must not put our faith and hope in men who love power, but in the God who loves us.
It is easy to become despondent when it seems the whole world is against us. The world doubts God and doubts us. The devil would turn our own faith in God to doubt. Those who live in constant anger find it hard to serve God and love their fellowman (Eph. 4:26). But the psalmist encourages us to search our hearts and be silent. Trust God and wait on him. When the light of God’s face is upon us, looking on us with favor, it is well with our soul. “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psa. 4:8). What a lovely sentiment, expressed in an evening prayer.
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.