Psalm 140: God deal with the unrighteous
the director of music. A psalm of David.
Comments: More in the style of some of his earlier songs,
David calls on the Lord to come and deal with his enemies, those
who are unrighteous [and who express their unrighteousness in
various ways doing evil [v.1], through violence [v.1], devising
evil plans [v.2], speaking slanderously [v.3], demonstrating wickedness
[v.4] and their arrogance [v.5]. He calls on the Lord for protection
from them [v.6,7], asking the Lord to bring down judgment on them
and deal with them [v.8-11]. He concludes by declaring his confidence
in the Lord's justice [v.12] which will evoke praise in the righteous
[v.13]. It is a psalm all about David's concern about the unrighteous.]
David asks the Lord to save him from his enemies and the way they
come at him
me, Lord , from [i] evildoers;
protect me from the [ii] violent,
devise evil plans in their hearts
and stir up war every day.
make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's;
the poison of vipers is on their lips.
me safe, Lord , from the hands of the [iii]
protect me from the [iv] violent,
who devise ways to trip my feet.
[v] arrogant have hidden a
snare for me;
they have spread out the cords of their
and have set traps for me along my path.
He asks for His protection, for Him to deliver him from them
say to the Lord , You are my God.'
Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Lord, my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.
He asks the Lord to deal with these enemies of righteousness
not grant the
their desires, Lord;
not let their plans succeed.
who surround me proudly rear their heads;
the mischief of their lips engulf them.
[iv] May burning coals fall
they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.
[vi] May slanderers
not be established in
disaster hunt down the violent.
He rests secure in the God of justice
know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.
. for whom the righteous will bring praise
the righteous will praise your name,
and the upright will live in your presence.
Comments: The heart of this man of God, this man with
a heart after God [1 Sam 13:14 & Acts 13:22], is concerned
about those around him who are blatantly unrighteous and he spells
out both the forms it takes and how he wants the Lord to act against
to Psa 141