11 I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.
12 You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever.13 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen!
In this Psalm, David expresses his thanksgiving after going through desperate situation which he believes was caused by his sin. His thanksgiving corresponds to Jesus comments “Blessed are the merciful” from His Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 5:7 (NLT2) God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
He had been delivered, preserved, blessed, and strengthened by God. God has delivered him and he has recovered from the desperate situation.
His enemies were reveling in his circumstances. Even his best friend had turned against him. This brings to mind Judas’ betrayal of his Friend Jesus.
John 13:18 (NLT2) “I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’
Acts 1:16 (NLT2)16 “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David.
He prayed that God would give him the strength to punish those who took advantage of him, which is certainly different from Jesus’ response to Judas. Jesus washed Judas’ feet as the did the other disciples, and He allowed Judas to confirm His identity with a kiss.
John 13:1-5 (NLT2)1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.
4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist,5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
Luke 22:47-48 (NLT2)47 But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of his twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss.48 But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Wounds from a friend cut deep. David and Jesus have both felt this pain. At the Last Supper Jesus quoted David’s words of Psalm 41:9 “The one who eats my food has turned against me.’” As the Son of God, Jesus intimately knows all people — including their sin and shame — yet he loves them anyway. Jesus’ followers are commanded to love like this. Love is a choice, and in times of hurt and betrayal, it will not be easy. Yet through this act of love for others, Jesus says that the watching world will recognize his followers.
John 13:35 (NLT2)5 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
People know that even their closest friends might abandon them if they knew the truth about their sin. But not Jesus. Jesus loves with a perfect, unconditional love. He never gives up on his people. And through this great love, his followers are redeemed.
Ephesians 1:7 (NLT2) He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.