A famous Christian hymn goes as follows: “The Lord’s our Rock in Him we hide, a shelter in the time of storm. Secure whatever ill betide, a shelter in the time of storm. Oh, Jesus is the Rock in a weary land, a weary land, a weary land. Oh Jesus is the Rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm.” David understood the need to find shelter and protection, even isolation, at the time that Psalm 54 was written. He found himself vulnerable before his enemies, hunted as prey by those who sought his demise. David had well concealed himself in the woods in the land of the Ziphites. They colluded with Saul to find his hiding place and search him out.
Though he had been careful and subtle in his dealings, he was very much at risk. I can’t help but think that Jonathan’s friendship was a great source of encouragement for David in this instance. The Bible says in 1 Samuel chapter 23 that Jonathan visited David in the woods, and “strengthened his hand in God.” We can see a man, though deeply distressed, casting all His care upon His creator in Psalm 54. An individual depending totally on God doesn’t say, “Save me by MY name” or “judge me by MY strength.” An individual depending on their own strength has no reason to pray as David did in Psalm 54:2. They may fear the strangers and oppressors in the same manner as David, but they ultimately subsist on their own abilities. They are confident that they are capable to fight the war and win.
Dear Christian friend, we are not capable of fighting this war and winning. You and I can’t do it. We possess no strength or wisdom capable of matching that which our enemy has. It was God who delivered David out of all his trouble, and who ordains His arrows against the persecutors. It would be prudent to remember that the greatest of all persecutors is Satan, himself. It is he who stands before the throne of God accusing the brethren. It is he who walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Our God is with us in the fight. He is faithful, we can count on Him. But our strength must come from Him exclusively. He only needs a yielded vessel, and He’ll do the rest.