The people who surrounded David had no more fight left in them.
Did they lose a battle? Did their crops fail? We don’t know.
They seem to have lost their faith in God and they criticize David who continues to trust in the Lord.
How does David react to this defeat and criticism? He prays.
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.
In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone,
O Lord, make me dwell in safety.