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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 64: Resting in the God of Justice


For the director of music. A psalm of David.


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1,2 David's Threefold Petition of God


v.1   Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
     protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

v.2   Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
     from the plots of evildoers.

v.3,4 The word-weapons of evildoers


v.3  They sharpen their tongues like swords
     and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
v.4  They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
     they shoot suddenly, without fear.


v.5,6 The wrong intents of evil doers


v.5  They encourage each other in evil plans,
     they talk about hiding their snares;
     they say, “Who will see it?”
v.6  They plot injustice and say,
     “We have devised a perfect plan!”
     Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.


v.7,8 God's counter-actions against such people


v.7  But God will shoot them with his arrows;
     they will suddenly be struck down.
v.8  He will turn their own tongues against them
     and bring them to ruin;
     all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

v.9,10 God's activity to be pondered, and praised by the righteous


v.9  All people will fear;
     they will proclaim the works of God
     and ponder what he has done.

v.10  The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
     and take refuge in him;
     all the upright in heart will glory in him!



[Additional 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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