By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
David, as king of Israel, did his very best to keep the judgments of God as king, to be just with all his dealings with men and with his Lord. This is not to say that he kept the commandments perfectly, because no one does; but he kept them in the eyes of the people in such a way that his enemies, or his oppressors, could not charge him legitimately with any impropriety.
Therefore, he begs the Lord not to leave him in the hands of his oppressors, for they would do much harm to him both physically with imprisonment, physical torture, even death if they could. But they can go no farther than God will allow them to go, so David puts his life in the hands of Almighty God, who will judge all of his adversaries.
The apostle Paul experienced many brutal oppressions at the hands of his oppressors, but he encouraged Timothy with the words in 2 Timothy 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
God will not always deliver us from our oppressors unless death itself is counted as an escape, which our honorable martyrs thought it was. Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.