The psalmist writes that he has “done righteousness and justice”. On that basis he asks the Lord for protection from oppressors. Proverbs 2:7-8 promises that God “is a shield to those who walk in integrity” and “guarding the paths of justice preserves the way of His godly ones”. So if a righteous and just life leads God to protect us from oppressors, how can we foster this righteousness and justice in our lives? The rest of this psalm gives insight into this issue. Initially we need to be careful to be humble and not “self righteous”. The psalmist refers to himself on multiple occasions as a “servant”. He also longs for salvation and for being taught the word, precepts and testimonies of God. And he “loves” living in this manner. A heart molded like this is rewarded with protection from God.