Yahweh is on my side (Ps 118:5-118:9)

“Out of my distress

I called on Yahweh.

Yahweh answered me.

He set me in a broad place.

With Yahweh on my side

I do not fear.

What can mortals do to me?

Yahweh is on my side to help me.

I shall look in triumph

On those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in Yahweh

Than to put confidence in mortals.

It is better to take refuge in Yahweh

Than to put confidence in princes.”

When in distress, this psalmist called on Yahweh. Yahweh had answered him already, unlike the many psalms that asked Yahweh to answer them. He was set free into the broad place at large. With Yahweh at his side, he had no one to fear. No mortal could hurt him. He was going to be triumphant. His haters would have been better off with Yahweh. They should have put their confidence in Yahweh rather than trust in mortals and princes to protect them. Yahweh was much superior to mortals and human princes.

Yahweh helps against the impious men (Ps 86:14-86:17)

“O God!

The insolent rise up against me.

A band of ruthless men seek my life.

They do not set you before them.

Yahweh!

You are a God merciful and gracious.

You are slow to anger.

You abound in steadfast love.

You abound in faithfulness.

Turn to me.

Be gracious to me.

Give your strength to your servant.

Save the child of your serving girl.

Show me a sign of your favor.

Thus those who hate me may see.

May they be put to shame.

Yahweh!

You have helped me.

You have comforted me.”

This psalm ends with David asking God to be merciful and gracious because impious people were after him, seeking his life. Yahweh was slow to anger and full of steadfast love. He wanted Yahweh to save him with his strength. He wanted a sign of Yahweh’s favor. He wanted his haters put to shame. He was relying on Yahweh, who had helped and comforted him.

David is sorry for his sins (Ps 38:17-38:20)

“I am ready to fall.

My pain is ever with me.

I confess my iniquity.

I am sorry for my sin.

Those who are my foes without cause are mighty.

Many are those who hate me wrongfully.

Those who render me evil for good

Are my adversaries.

However I follow after good.”

David said he was ready to fall because the pain was all over him. He confessed his iniquity and was sorry for his sins. However, his foes and haters were strong and would render him evil for good. Notice that he says “foes without cause” or “hate me wrongfully.” This seems to indicate it would not be wrong to be his foe or hater if they had a reason to do so. Anyway, his adversaries brought evil for good, while David always followed the good. Once again, even in his confession of sinfulness, there was self-righteousness to it.