1 Save me, O God, by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For the insolent have risen against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they do not set God before them.
4 But surely, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will repay my enemies for their evil.
In your faithfulness, put an end to them.
6 With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
The "save me" in the opening verse comes from the same root word as "Hosanna". I am pondering these questions as I read this Psalm...from what is it that the Psalmist needs to be saved? From what is that the people on Palm Sunday needed to be saved? What is it that we might need saving from?
This six minute lecture from New Testament Professor, Dr. AJ Levine, invites us into the Parable of the Good Samaritan and gives us this reflection,
"Who is my enemy?
The one who may save me."