58: A Call for Sin to be restrained & God exalted
the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David.
Comments: There is no indication what has caused David
to write in this way beyond the fact that he sees injustice prevail
[v.1,2] and evil abound [v.3-5]. This stirs him to petition the
Lord to deal with such people [v.6-9]. The righteous will praise
the Lord when they seem Him do this [v.10] and feel secure in
His judgements [v.11]
1: v.1-5: The evil of the World
David points out the injustices of rulers
you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge people with equity?
in your heart you devise injustice,
and your hands mete out violence on the
Evil spreads from the wicked, even from birth, like poison that
from birth the wicked go astray;
from the womb they are wayward, spreading
venom is like the venom of a snake,
like that of a cobra that has stopped
will not heed the tune of the charmer,
however skillful the enchanter may be.
2: v.6-9: Petition
He calls on the Lord to disarm such people
the teeth in their mouths, O God;
Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!
He wants them removed and certainly to fail in their wickedness
them vanish like water that flows away;
when they draw the bow, let their arrows
they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
like a stillborn child that never sees
your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether they be green or dry—the wicked
will be swept away.
3: v.10,11: Testimony
The righteous will praise when evil doers are brought down
righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
when they dip their feet in the blood
of the wicked.
The truth will be seen – God blesses the righteous
people will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the
Thoughts: A psalm that reveals a righteous heart that
is concerned for the Sin of the world and calls on the Lord to
to Psa 59