Read Psalm 54 (NIV)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilof David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”
1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
the name you can count on
I grew up watching classic TV shows where the bad guys did a number on some innocent people, but the hero showed up to “show ‘em who’s boss.” Inevitably, he would overcome all the odds and deliver the damsel in distress, or the city in crisis, or the buddy under fire… just in the nick of time.
These kind of stories have endless appeal. There are plenty of movies made still today with a similar theme. Good triumphing over evil. There is something within us that longs for justice. There is something in us that knows that somehow in the end good must win the day.
That something in us is the image of God. Every human being is made in the image of God. So, deep down we instinctively know the difference between right and wrong.
What is broadcast on the small screen or shown on the big screen is played out in the real life at a cosmic level. God himself through Jesus Christ is overcoming all the wickedness, all the evil, all the malevolent forces arrayed against us.
And so prayers like the one we read of in Psalm 54 ring true to us. We deeply desire for God to overthrow evil and all the effects of evil – war, violence, injustice, racism, terrorism, genocide, discrimination, hatefulness, and rebellion.
Believer in God, do not stop praying these prayers! The Lord will hear and will answer.
And don't forget to praise him, for he is good.