The Psalmist looks to the Lord as their refuge, strength, and hope in times of trouble. He calls out to God several times when he is afflicted and in need. There are characteristics that the Psalmist describes and ascribes to God in verses 1-5 such as God as his refuge, deliverer, rock, fortress, rescuer, and our great hope in times of trouble. The Psalmist describes the difficulties and problems he faces especially in the face of opposition, those that mock his faith in the Lord, those that scorn and slander, and in the face of wicked people that commit acts of injustice. Verses 9-13 explain and deepen the opposition and trials that the Psalmist experiences at the hands of wicked people. But the Psalmist looks to the Lord as his place of safety and dwelling, that no fear would come upon him.