objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
Comments: Another song written by David (with an uncertain
musical term in the title) where David is conscious of the poor
spiritual state of people around him, [v.1] with their lack of
faith. He sees it in the way people speak [v.2-4] and he sees
it in the oppression of the weak and needy by the strong who are
unrighteous [v.5a]. He takes comfort in his knowledge of the Lord,
that He will rise up on behalf of these downtrodden people [v.5a-8].
David Laments the loss of faith in the land, exposed through foolish
Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from
the human race.
lies to their neighbour;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
The Righteous David wants the Lord to deal with such people
the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord
Yet the Lord will rise on behalf of the poor and needy & we
can trust His word
the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord.
“I will protect them from those who malign
the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.
The result is that we can know His protection against such people.
Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human
Thoughts: These psalms reflect aspects of life in this
fallen world. Here David has focused on the way the unrighteous
boast and the way they tread down the weak and poor in society.
If that was all there was it would be very depressing, but David
knows the Lord as One who does not sit idly by on the side-lines
but who involves Himself in His world on behalf of the poor and
to Psa 13