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)
Psa 64: Resting in the God of Justice
the director of music. A psalm of David.
Comments: A simple and straight-forward song of David
that comes as a prayer directed to the Lord [v.1,2], that highlights
the wrong words used by evil doers to bring harm [v.3,4] that
come from wrong hearts and intents [v.5,6]. David asserts that
the Lord will act against them and bring them down [v,7,8] so
that when the world see what has happened they will wonder about
it [v.9] and the righteous who understand these things will rejoice
in the Lord [v.10]. A simple psalm of reassurance in the face
of the wrongs of mankind.]
David's Threefold Petition of God
Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from
the threat of the enemy.
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.
The word-weapons of evildoers
sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
shoot from ambush at the innocent;
they shoot suddenly, without fear.
The wrong intents of evil doers
encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see it?”
plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
God's counter-actions against such people
God will shoot them with his arrows;
they will suddenly be struck down.
will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads
God's activity to be pondered, and praised by the righteous
people will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.
righteous will rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in
Comments: When I see the wrong-doings of the world,
I need to regain perspective by realising that God IS at work
in His world to deal with such people. Justice will often come
in the present, but sometimes we have to wait and trust for it
to come in eternity.]
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