Obama and his family visited Yellowstone National Park. Perhaps the most amazing natural location in the United States. Then Obama continued to a town hall in Grand Junction Colorado.
1Incline your ear, Yahvah; hear me, for I am poor and needy.
2Preserve my soul, for you are holy; god, save your servant who trusts in you.
3Be merciful to me, master; for I cry to you daily.
4Rejoice the soul of your servant; for to you, master, I lift up my soul.
5For you, master, are good; and your loving kindness is abundant to all who call on you.
6Give ear, Yahvah, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7In the day of my trouble, I have called on you, and you have answered me.
8There is no one like you, my master god; nor are there any works like your works.
9All the nations whom you have made, will come and worship before you, master, and will glorify your name.
10For you are great, and do wondrous things; you are god alone.
11Show me your way, Yahvah; I will walk in the truth; my heart will rejoice with those who worship your name.
12I will praise you, my master god, with all my heart; and I will glorify your name forever.
13For great is your loving kindness toward me; and you have delivered my soul from the depths of hell.
14God, the wicked are risen against me, and the assembly of violent men has sought after my soul; and they have not been mindful of you.
15But you, master god, are full of compassion and gracious, long suffering and plentiful in mercy and truth.
16Turn to me and have mercy on me; give strength to your servant, and save the son of your maid.
17Show me a token for good, that they which hate me, may see it and be ashamed, because you, Yahvah, have helped me and comforted me.
President Obama along with wife and family and sister, witnessed the 12:16 PM blast of old faithful after having walked around other parts of Yellowstone National Park.
This was a stop-over between town hall meetings in Montana and Colorado. The Colorado Town Hall in grand Junction found his first hint at being willing to drop the "Government Option" in the health care reform bills that had been debated across the country. This comment was picked up more broadly the following day with the White House formally floating the idea of dropping this option.
The Psalm opens with a quiet prayer, with the Psalmist asking for an answer to prayer in a day of trouble.
Verse 8 establishes the match to Yellowstone venue. There are many amazing sites across the globe, but the Yellowstone Caldera, created by God himself, and dotted with geisers that perform at regular intervals is one of the most amazing places that exist. They Psalmist addresses the amazing things that God himself has created and Yellowstone is one of the top-most natural creations. Obama had been in the park earlier, but witnessed the 12:16 PM MDT blast of Old Faithful, perhaps the most famous of the Yellowstone Geisers. This was about 1 hour ahead of theoretical for this Psalm, a very close match.
Verse 14 deals with the assembly of wicked men that have risen up against God's people. This is a pattern from recent Psalms and has been frequently applied to President Obama and his cohorts in Congress. The pattern appears to continue here, and the specific assembly is the Grand Junction town hall held later in the afternoon.
Verse 17 asks for a token that God has heard the prayers of his people against this evil man. That token appears to have been first spoken in the Grand Junction meeting when Obama answered a question from a Christian in the audience about the problem of the Government running health care.