David cries out to God in this psalm because the multitude hates him without any cause (v. 4). Those who hate him are powerful and David feels that he is going to drown. Even his family has distanced themselves from him. However, during all the turmoil and strain, David never takes his eyes off of God. He starts the psalm crying out, “Save me, O God!” When he feels hopeless and that God is not there, he still responds by waiting on God (v. 3). He continues to pray to God for deliverance and rests on the foundational truths of God’s mercy and salvation (v. 14) and loving-kindness (v. 16).
David never doubts the LORD will deliver him, because he sees a day where he will praise God and give Him thanks for deliverance (v. 29-30). Through all his troubles, David maintained a firm reliance on God, no matter how bleak or dire his situation became. Lord, may we have the faith and heart of David to rely on you when we encounter one of life’s valleys, when there is chaos around us, and when things look bleak, may we firmly wait upon your deliverance.