David has sinned. He asks the Lord not to bring judgement on him for he knows that no human could stand before that. He is also oppressed by his enemies. Things are at a low ebb.
We can see throughout this psalm how David turns to the Lord in his difficult time for comfort, relief from his suffering, and hope.
Firstly, he cries out to the Lord for mercy. His only hope is in God and he knows instinctively where he must turn both for forgiveness for his own sin, and for relief from the actions of his enemies.
Secondly, he takes time to meditate on Godís works and faithfulness. Like a parched land, he reaches out to the Lord for the refreshing reminder that God is, and has always been, good.
Finally, David commits to put his trust in the Lord, not just for that day, but for his entire life. He sees his future as a choice of several paths he could take, and asks the Spirit to lead him on the level ground, secure in Godís will.
David goes on quite a journey in this psalm. He begins in a place of despair, with a faint spirit and dismayed heart. As he focuses less on his problems and more on the Lord, he can begin to have hope for a future, guided by the Spirit on safe paths.
Whatever our circumstances today, our comfort, our strength and our hope can be found only in the Lord.
Meditation verse: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.