Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
The New Living Translation says it this way, “Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at your word.”
David writes, “Princes have persecuted me without a cause:” It is a difficult thing when a person is persecuted but it is even more difficult when you are persecuted by princes or as the New Living Translation says, “Powerful people harass me without cause,”
When a prince or powerful people persecute you, it is a hard thing because they have position, power and privilege with them. A prince or powerful person persecutes you and makes it seem as if you are wrong and being persecuted justly because the powerful person has such influence and seemingly the law is on their side.
The truth is that the more power and privilege someone has the more responsibility they have to see that those around them and those within their sphere of influence are treated correctly and justly. With position, power and privilege comes increased responsibility and accountability. How many times do princes commit tongue murder and kill someone’s reputation, testimony or spiritual desire with their subtle words?
David was being pursued by the king of Israel, namely Saul. Saul wanted to physically kill David and we often see the same thing in today’s world when someone obtains position, power and privilege except the murder is done with the tongue. David however boldly states, “but my heart trembles only at your word.” David is saying, do want you want, say what you want to whomever you want, my heart only trembles at the LORD’s words and not because of the words of human beings.
David had opportunity on more than one occasion to kill Saul and yet David chose to flee instead. Not because he trembled at Saul’s words but because his heart trembled only at the words of the LORD. Let our hearts stand in awe of God’s Word this day.