In psalm 54, David has just been betrayed and he pours out his troubles to God, pleading with Him to save him.
Then you get to the end of verse 3 and you find the word Selah!
David pauses, imagine him, once again his life is in danger, he’s poured it all out to the Lord and then he pauses, what happens in that pause?
His thoughts must have rested on the greatness and goodness of His God because he continues in faith saying
‘Behold, God is mine helper’!
David had confidence that the Lord would fight for him and defeat his enemies and believer, if we’re seeking to walk in God’s ways, we too can have this confidence. The enemy of our souls is far stronger than us but he’s not and never will be stronger than Christ who is IN us!!
Then in v6 we read this…
‘I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.’
Let’s dig a little deeper.
I will freely – nĕdabah – spontaneously, an abundant gift, a freewill offering, plentifully, willingly!
sacrifice – zabach – kill, offer, slay.
Sacrifice is the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something regarded as more important or worthy.
unto thee: I will praise – yadah – literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands), praise, shoot, thanksgiving.
Friends, God is always worthy of our praise, even in the hardest places, praise brings perspective!
So Friends, whatever our circumstances today, let’s pause as David did and think on the goodness and greatness of our God until our hearts are also filled with praise!