“O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress” (v9). We think of David as a mighty warrior king, but the psalms often portray a man hiding from his enemies, surrounded and desperate (v1-3). He’s distressed by wicked people who “come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city” (v6,14), speaking lies and curses, defying God and causing harm. Yet, he says, in the middle of his fear, “my God in his steadfast love will meet me” (v10).
“For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress” (v16). In the day of our distress, we can lean on our Strength, our Savior.