Faith McCray ~ Assistant Editor
Psalm 41 is a Psalm of David. 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2 The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. 4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” 6 When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. 7 All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, 8 “A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.” 9 Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. 10 But may you have mercy on me, Lord; raise me up, that I may repay them. 11 I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
This psalm is different from all of the others that we have focused on so far. It was written by David in a time of need when he was betrayed by someone that he used to trust (v. 9). It is a prayer to God asking him to deliver him, protect him, sustain him, and restore him from suffering that he does not deserve (vv. 1-3). His enemies did things to David that he did not deserve. Rumors were spread about him, they wanted the worst for him, and he now had a terrible reputation (vv. 6-8). Everyone had also wished that he was forgotten and no longer of this earth (v. 5).
During these events, David decided to turn to God instead of hating his enemies. He prayed to God asking for mercy and claimed victory over his enemies; all while asking God for the reassurance he needed (v. 11). Through all the battles that David had to continue to fight, he kept his integrity knowing that God would always be with him (v. 12). He called for praise to the one and only God that there truly is, “from everlasting to everlasting” (v. 13).