Not only are the words of Jehovah refined seven times, but so is the individual who absorbs the truth of those words—he is refined seven times to bring forth a righteous character.
What is the distinction between God’s eyes “beholding” and His eyelids “trying”? His eyes “behold” from the standpoint of being open; that is, He is aware and cognizant of what is happening.
By his questions in verse 1, David implied that God saw the trouble but purposely stood afar off and did not intervene. In subsequent verses, David continued to pursue this theme, which troubled him for the moment. However, as the Psalms progressed, David developed and matured in understanding.
The principles laid down in David’s Psalms are very helpful to us as Christians. As we consider the precious promises, the Apostle Peter tells us to add to our faith the quality of virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, etc. If we do these things, taking inventory and striving and looking forward, we shall never fall (2 Pet. 1:4-11).
We will try to extract clues from the Psalm as we proceed. It is important to realize that before David did anything, he put his trust in God and petitioned for protection and deliverance from all who were persecuting him.
David was in a low period, just as we, as Christians, have times of depression. He felt a weakness of not only depression but also health. His experiences were affecting him physically, mentally, and spiritually. King David was confessing to Jehovah his weakness and his need, as we do when being tried in a special fashion. We call upon the Lord for help in our time of need.
David acknowledged that God was his King. Verses 2 and 3 confirm a continuing coherent prayer theme in Psalms 3, 4, and 5. David directed his prayer to God and looked upward to Him. He looked to his King for leadership, guidance, instruction, and recognition that his voice was heard.
Critical times of testing come, especially as we mature. In those trials, we should take serious inventory to see that God did miraculously call us. Unless we make a full consecration, it is not possible to understand the truth in depth. Past providences become very meaningful as we reflect upon them.
Verse 8 is a summation of what David had already said. Because God was his shield, comforter, and pacifier, he could get refreshing sleep and deliverance from the enemy. Likewise, all who lean wholly on the Lord experience such salvation. This last verse is meant to be especially comforting to the Christian.
The Psalm which constitutes our lesson is supposed to have been composed by the Prophet after his heart had returned to peace with God through assurance of divine forgiveness of his sins. Its opening sentence takes this standpoint. David was the blessed man who had experienced divine forgiveness and covering of his transgression, his sin. He was the man to whom the Lord no longer imputed iniquity and in whose heart was no deception, no secret longing for sin, with merely the restraints of fear, but who had a heart and mind fully turned away from sin and in absolute accord with divine justice and all of its righteous requirements.