What would you do if friends and family, including your own son, turned against you and wanted you dead? This psalm tells us what David did under these exact circumstances. In this psalm, we will learn some new Hebrew words:
A rebellious child in the home is worse than the battle of Gog and Magog. (Talmud b.Berakhot 7b)
צר (tzar) = “a tight spot” (used 33x in Psalms; more than any other book of the Bible)
ישועה (yeshuah) = “salvation”/”Yeshua” (“Jesus”)
סלה (selah) = Def. uncertain. (used 71x in Psalms; 75x in Bible)
מגן (magen) = “shield” (Magen David = “Shield of David”, a Hebrew idiom for the Star of David)
2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that Adonai will look on my affliction, and that Adonai will repay me with good for my being cursed this day.
Acts 12:6-7 Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.
Lamentations 1:15The Lord makes light of [סִלָּ֙ה] all my mighty men in my midst. He summoned an assembly against me to crush my young men. The Lord has trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.
Psalm 119:118You spurn [סָ֭לִיתָ] all who go astray from Your statutes, for their cunning is in vain.