Supplication for Victory
As the psalm begins it appears to be a prayer to the king but it is actually intercession for the king as he prepares to lead his troops into battle. By starting with the request that the Lord answer when he is in distress the writer is aware of the danger that he about to face. This would be the kind of prayer that Jesus would offer as He looked to his battle against sin, death, and Satan's power.. The king, in this instance David, has presented his sacrifices to the Lord and is now assured of God’s blessing. He is now ready to lead the army would go out in the name of the Lord.
David’s trust in not in the skill of his army or it’s equipment but in God Almighty (Yahweh). He infers that his enemies trust in their military might and equipment but as God commanded through Moses that Israel’s kings were not to multiply chariots or horses.
Deuteronomy 17:14-17 NIV When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
When we put our trust in the Lord we have the assurance of victory. The enemy has been defeated.
Through His death on the cross Jesus defeated our enemies, Satan, death, hell, and the grave.
Colossians 2:13-15 NIV When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
David end the psalm by saying “Lord , give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!” We say with the Apostle John;
Revelation 22:20b NIV Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.