We are Often in Need of Deliverance
Notice that the psalm starts out with David sinking in a miry bog. It moves to him being delivered, but then, by verse 12, his own iniquities are surrounding him, threatening to take him back into the miry bog of despair. The life that we live once we begin to follow Jesus is not safer, not easier, not without difficulty.
Think about the twelve disciples, once living lives of relative security, making a living by the works of their hands and the luck of a fishnet. After they encounter Jesus, their worlds are turned upside down. The comfort and security they have known is upended. For the rest of their lives, they live on the run, enemies of the most powerful empire in the history of the world! And they thought the storms on the Galilee Sea were dangerous!
The apparent drama may be missing from our lives, but we oftentimes find ourselves in a similar state of undoing. Cancer undoes our plans for a long and fruitful life. Capricious landowners cause us to uproot our lives. Abusive family members cause us to doubt the goodness of God.
And this doesn’t even account for the difficulties imposed by our own short-sightedness, impulsiveness, fear, laziness, or greed. We need not only saved from those around us, we oftentimes need to be saved from our selves.
We are in constant need of deliverance.
The Lord (Gladly) Delivers
This is his identity, especially as he relates to us, his people. He delights in pulling us from the various miry bogs that we find ourselves sinking in, perhaps more frequently than we would care to admit. This psalm is pregnant with delight, with desire, with joy, and with a God who does nothing begrudgingly.
As David puts it, his mercy is without restraint. Notice that his prayer is not only that God would deliver, but that he would be pleased to deliver. There is no end to the joy that God takes in saving us from our enemies, our pursuers, our situations, and our selves.
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!