Trinity 9 Sermon, 2017
Psalm 54 (Introit, Trinity 9)
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt
Psalm 54, which is the Introit this day of the church year, the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, is a prayer of David, fleeing from Saul. He was hiding, then, among the Ziphites, and when they learned of it, they hunted David to earn favor with Saul.
David was surrounded by enemies.
He was in terrible danger.
So he cried to God:
“O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves” (Psalm 54:1-3).
That’s the right sort of thing for Christians to ask when they’re surrounded by enemies.
But asking this does something to David.