This psalm is at the same time an individual lament and a psalm of confidence. This psalm continues the expression of being overwhelmed as in Psalm 3. This psalm shows us how each day we are at odds with the world around us. We are strangers and are treated as such with persecution and adversity but at the same time we like David can trust in the Lord. Why?
Because no material possession or accomplishment will replace the love and mercy of God in our lives. We must all especially now take time and reflect on what God does for us in our daily lives!
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c] 3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Tremble and[d] do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. 7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.