Psalm 54

What sustains you?

The Oxford Dictionary defines sustain as to “strengthen or support physically or mentally; bear (the weight of an object) without breaking or falling.”

Sustain is defined by dictionary.com as “to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure; to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.”

What keeps you going when troubles come?

What gives you the physical and mental strength to bear difficulty without breaking?

What supports you and keeps you from giving way under the weight of affliction or betrayal?

In a time when those he thought were keeping him safe betrayed him to his enemies, David declares that his help is not a what, but a Who.

Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me. (v. 4)

God sustains.
God holds us up.
God gives us strength.
God keeps us from collapsing when troubles come.

How?

By His name.
God’s name is His character and His promise.

Yahweh. God for us.

“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…” Exodus 34:6-7a

Jesus. Immanuel. God with us.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:21-22

David knew God’s name. In Psalm 9, he wrote that knowing God’s name leads to trust.

Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10

David knew God’s name, His character and His faithfulness. So when trouble came, David trusted God and called out to God for help.

Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth. (v. 1-2)

David prayed and asked God to defeat his enemies.

Strangers are attacking me;
ruthless me seek my life –
men without regard for God. (v. 3)

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them. (v. 5)

David praised God while in the midst of trouble, before deliverance came.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, O LORD,
for it is good. (v. 6)

David had confidence that God would hear and deliver him just as He had done in the past.

For he has delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes. (v. 7)

God sustained David by His name.

When affliction or betrayal come our way, will we trust God’s name?
Will we call out to Him for deliverance?
Will we praise Him in the midst of our trials?
Are we confident that God will hear and deliver us?

Just like God sustained David, He will sustain us too if we call on His name.

Father, Your name is great. You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. You are faithful, and You forgive. You are with us. You are my help and the one who sustains me. I place my trust in You. Deliver me from those who are attacking me. I will praise Your name, for it is good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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