When all we can do is pray, we are able to do the best thing possible. For no one who is able to cry out to the LORD is helpless, no matter the situation. God makes Himself known to all who truly seek Him. The psalmist asks for refuge from the terror of evildoers who destroy innocent people with their wicked words and plot traps to catch unsuspecting victims. They scheme and they plot evil things. And the psalmist is powerless against them. But where the psalmist is powerless, the LORD is powerful. God answers his prayer, granting protection and safety. Moreover, He responds with His righteous destruction of evil. All plans that the wicked try to execute turn against them. All attempts at destruction lead to their own ruin.
God’s protection upon His people is not a secret. In the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from the land of Egypt, God’s rescue is made evident to all who witness His great works, both slaves and Pharoah. It is shown to His beloved and to their enemies in a way that makes all understand that He can and will do great things. Those who seek God’s help receive it and rejoice in His works. But the evil are wounded and made to stumble. They are not utterly destroyed instantly. Even they are shown God’s power so that they might leave their evil ways and seek Him.