19 Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat.
Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.
20 They don’t talk of peace;
they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.
21 They shout, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we saw him do it!”
22 O Lord, you know all about this.
Do not stay silent.
Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice.
Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
Now we will eat him alive!”
26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
be humiliated and disgraced.
May those who triumph over me
be covered with shame and dishonor.
27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord,
who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”
28 Then I will proclaim your justice,
and I will praise you all day long. NLT
Look at verses 19-21. What would it be like to be in David's situation?
Study verses 22-27. What are the details of David's petition?
What good thing does David metnion in verse 27? What does David hope God will do as a result of this?
In verse 28, what does David promise to do if God comes to his rescue?
::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::
Philippians 4:6-7 says that we should bring our petition to God? What is a petition, and why would we petition to God? What can we learn from David's example about how to petition God?
::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::
Chose one of the following to act upon today:
1. Defend someone who is being wronged.
2. Petition God to change a bad situation.
3. Praise God for rescuing somone (perhaps yourself or someone you know).
4. Find a way to tell the world about God's justice.