In this Psalm David is admitting to committing sins and even great sins. And then, maybe because of the sins, David’s enemies are surrounding him, causing his heart anguish. However, rather than only confessing his sins and asking forgiveness and asking for internal maturity, he also asks for physical deliverance and personal prosperity. Think about what it means for God to “deliver” David from his enemies. His enemies are often his warring neighbours, or internal tratoirs. It will likely mean God hurting, upsetting and destroying (in death) his enemies; and if they happen to be Christian to discipline them. And so, here is David, admitting great sins, asking in the same prayer, for personal prosperity and the destruction of his enemies so that he might be delivered from them.
Does not Psalm 103 say God forgives, heals, delivers and uplifts? There are more Psalms like this such as 31, 116 and 118 (etc.). James in chapter 5 first says, as a categorical fact, if you have faith then you will be “healed.” Later, James added, and “if you have sinned you will be forgiven.” Therefore, do not limit your prayers to only forgiveness, but also for all the benefits of God, in the same prayer. God is a total savoir. His benefits are for all areas of life. God is truly a Father to His chosen ones. Christ made this a reality. Therefore, use your blood purchased access and approach the room of heaven today in faith.
Of David. (NIV)
1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!