The psalmist abruptly moves from talking to his accusers about his faith to talking to God about his witness. He sees these accusations not as a negative, but as a positive. They are opportunities to reflect the light of God’s face.
The psalmist continues to instruct his accusers in right behavior. He now tells them to try his religion. Sacrifice and faith are the two elements of his relationship with God that he mentions— but just as examples. In a sense, he’s saying that if they had the relationship with God that he has, they would not act the way they do.
The psalmist warns his accusers to think about what they are doing, and let wisdom and the fear of God keep them from making that mistake any more.
The psalmist is still talking to his accusers. He’s telling them why their lies don’t matter to him. He has a champion who will make sure truth prevails. God has set him apart. His reputation is safe.
The psalmist turns back to his accusers and asks how long they plan on carrying out this kangaroo court. It is not proving anything. It merely gives them a chance to malign the character of God’s servant. When we go through such times, it is good to know that God will have the last word.
The psalmist knows what it is like for God to answer his prayer, so he asks again. This time, it isn’t a physical affliction he is being plagued with. It’s attacks from enemies. But the psalmist knows that God will vindicate him. Those accusations cannot prevail when God acts to rescue.
The psalmist began by counting his enemies, then introduced his champion: God himself, who rises ready to break teeth. Problems are for him to solve. Deliverance belongs to him. No need for a rescue plan when you have a rescuer.
The psalmist had been counting his enemies, and saw them multiply before his eyes. No problem. In this corner is the LORD God. Watch what happens when he lands a punch. He can take them all on at once.
The psalmist has chosen who he will trust, and that choice stifled his urge to fear his enemies. It didn’t matter how many were choosing to stand against him, as long as he knew God was standing for him. Let the enemies pile up by the thousands. They will never outweigh God.
With the knowledge that his enemies are multiplying all around him, the psalmist declares his trust in God’s faithfulness by lying down and sleeping. The courage to rest in times of turmoil is either a sign of faith or a sign of insanity. You decide which it is for you.