O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
A band of ruthless men seeks my life,
And they do not set you before them
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding steadfast love and faithfulness
Finally, now that the perspective is where it needs to be, we get to the specifics: insolent men have risen against David and seek his life. David was chased first by Saul, and later chassed by his son and others who wanted his throne, his power.
But David nows sees the bigger picture —it’s not just his life he fears will be taken. He knows God placed him in this position of authority, and a take-over would have spiritual and physical implications for a nation.
And, he sees a bigger picture yet — that God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Even if David is over-taken, God will still love, have grace and mercy, and be faithful to his nation.
David sees his circumstances in light of the enormous capacity of his Savior.
Yes, they are still his circumstances. But he lets it rest in the arms of the all-knowing, all-powerful, God.
How does the bigger picture help you in the midst of your circumstances?