“Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words”
David found himself on the receiving end of a barrage of carefully planned attacks. Like an army of well trained soldiers those who had rejected God came against the righteous. Their weapon of choice was not the sword, spear, bow or staff but the tongue. Things have not changed much. The most effective weapon against the righteousness today is the tongue. If a person takes a stand against the unrighteousness trends that are being heralded as freedoms in our world today they will receive an onslaught of verbal attacks. Should you decide to boldly declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ calling sinners to turn to God you will need to be ready to hide beneath the shelter of the Almighty because attacks will come. This is not a new phenomenon, the early church experienced the same things as they declared the message of Christ those with the loudest voice sought to silence their message.
But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
Instead of cowering under the threats the church gathered together and sought the Lord to embolden them to share Christ regardless of the consequences.
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.
The times we are living in are not times to be silent. The world is in a downward spiral because the devil wants to destroy the lives of all men. People are being led into destructive lifestyles that will have life long consequences and we need to boldly declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it alone has the power to save.
Perhaps more than ever we need to remember the words of Jesus;
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Questions for Psalm 64
- David in this Psalm is in trouble. At what verse does His focus shift from his enemies to the Lord?
- The enemy in this Psalm uses a different kind of weapon on David. What is that weapon and do you find yourself using this weapon on others and becoming in a sense an enemy to others?
- Notice in verses 7 and 8 what happens to David’s enemies. Eventually the tongue that is used as a weapon will bow the knee and declare the work of God (verse 9). Why not start declaring that now and save yourself the trouble of verse 7.