The Lord’s prayer ends with the phrase “deliver us of evil” reminding us that our Father desires us to live in freedom, and invites us to call for help.
Psalm 40:1-3, 11-17 – A Psalm of David
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonour who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord thinks about me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
Observations and reflections
- Visualize the Lord’s saving act that David describes in verses 1-3. What was David’s situation like in the beginning of verse 1, and what was David’s situation like in verse 3?
- What “evil” / “enemies” do David need deliverance from? (verses 12 and 14)
- Why does David have confidence to pray to the Lord for help? (verses 11b and 17)
- Look at how honest David prays in verses 11-17. How would you describe his prayer? What draws your attention most, and why?
Personal reflection and Application
God is a merciful saviour! Our world is sin-full, leading to bondage – in our outer environment and inner motives and emotions. But God is our merciful and mighty saviour who invites us to call on him when we are in need.
- Can you recall a time when God had saved you from a dire situation? Recall that in prayer to God, thanking and praising him.
- Consider your current outer and inner world.
- In which ways so you experience enslavement or bondage in your outer world of activities, possessions, etc? Examples could be debt, abuse, unfair treatment at work, etc.
- In which ways so you experience enslavement or bondage in your inner world of thoughts, identity, purpose, relationships etc? Examples could be addictive habits, fear, shame, etc.
- Tell God how you feel about these.
- Ask God to save you from it, and declare your trust in Him.
“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord thinks about me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”