"Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth" (Psalm 54:1-2, NIV).
David, anointed by God but running for his life, knew that there was power in prayer. He knew that when he prayed that God was listening. Rather than give up and quit, he continued to depend upon the sovereignty of Almighty God.
SAVE ME. David knew he was in trouble. He was being hunted down like a rabid animal. There were few places left to turn, but he had come to know that his greatest and only true refuge was in God. He called out to God to save him by his "name." The word "name" means "character, rank, reputation, or authority." David had come to know God in such a way that He was confident in the reputation of God. He had seen what God could do. He had seen God intervene when the lion and the bear and tried to threaten his life and the welfare of his flock. He had directly observed how God had empowered him when facing off with the fear-inducing Goliath. God's reputation was not lost on David.
VINDICATE ME. David knew that he was inadequate to right the wrongs of those who were after him. He had come to know that in the natural, those who were for him were greater in power and in number than those who were with him. But he also knew, that with God with him and for him, there was no power on earth that could stand in the way of the plans of God. He trusted God to right the wrongs. He gave his hurt and his anger and his vengeance to God. He did not allow his emotions to drive him off the path God was leading. He left it to the Lord.
HEAR ME. He trusted to the ears and the heart of God. He knew that no matter where he was, that God was also there. He would one day write in Psalm 139 that "Where can I go from your presence? If I go up to the heights you are there. If I make my bed in the depths you are there..." David knew that God would hear when he called out His name. He prayed with confidence.
LISTEN TO ME. David knew that God would hear him. He also prayed a confident plea for God to listen to him. To listen is to fully hear and apply to an action or a solution. David wasn't praying words to an invisible God. He was crying out for a solution, for intervention. He cried out to the God who had always been there for him to hear and to listen by turning it all to solution. David trusted, therefore had the confidence to pray, to believe, and to wait.