Psalm 64 - Overcomer - They aim their bitter word
I did this psalm for my brother's 64th birthday. It is now October, 2020, with the pandemic,
riots, and the coming election. It seems very appropriate to this time.
v1 It often helps devotion if we are able to use the voice and speak audibly. ... We shall act wisely if we make prayer to God our first and best trusted resource in every hour of need. - C. H. Spurgeon
- In v1 there was the enemy singular, satan.
Here there are 2 groups, a secret conspiracy and a tumultuous mob. A conspiracy is especially bad because the people involved know that what they are doing is wrong, but encourage one another to do it.
It is a good thing to conquer malicious foes, but a better thing still to be screened from all conflict with them, by being hidden from the strife. The Lord knows how to give his people peace. - Spurgeon
literally "who aim their arrow, a bitter word".
Slander has ever been the master weapon of the good man's enemies, and great is the care of the malicious to use it effectively. - Spurgeon
- The ones who shoot in secret are the conspiracy of evil-doers.
This can be through anonymous leaks.
"They are unafraid of their secret malice being exposed." - Rabbi David Kimchi (RaDaK)
- I translated the Hebrew pronoun suffix mo
as "the mob" twice in this verse referring back to v2. Mo
is a pronoun suffix that refers to a collective noun. The closest preceding collective noun is the mob in v2. The conspiracy strengthens the lawless mob to do more evil.
There is no "and" before "They write things". That is because this is not a separate action, but it explains how the conspiracy strengthens the mob to do evil. They do it by writing stuff to justify the crowd and lay snares for anyone who opposes the crowd.
They, the conspirators, say, Who will see them, the mob? How could we not see the mob, since it is huge? We see the mob, but not the individuals composing the mob, so they can't be prosecuted, or so they think.
- The Hebrew word chapesh
is used 3 times in this verse. It means to search out, and the noun means "disguise". They search out how to do iniquities and disguise it.
The Hebrew word for "man" here is ish
, inferring a person of the upper class in contrast to adam
, common man, in v9 (Ps 62:9
They are very complicated. They invent bizarre plots in order to distract from their crimes (cf. Rev 2:24
I feel that the mood of the psalm changes from the 2nd half of this verse. It shifts from looking at the enemies to the nature of man in general.
My favorite verse in this psalm.
The overthrow of the wicked in this psalm is entirely God's doing, and not man's ingenuity.
They had aimed to shoot by surprise (v4), but God shoots them by surprise.
God shoots the arrow at the conspiracy.
All of a sudden the tables are turned.
literally - Then they caused him to fall upon them by their tongue. "Them" is the Hebrew mo referring to the mob or conspiracy in v2.
The conspiracy has been propping up this "him" by their tongue. Now their lies catch up with them and cause him to fall. When he falls, the conspiracy falls too.
- Common people (see v6
) will see the Lord's hand in this, including people who were opposing because they were lied to.
They gained insight into how God works. - H. C. Leupold
"We are always intellectually capable of comprehending God's deeds and seeing the telltale signs of His handiwork everywhere. It is just that we sometimes need to see an event which makes us fear God in order to jolt us out of our complacent slumber and open our eyes and minds to the plethora of God's deeds which surround us." - ArtScroll Psalms
The judgments of God are frequently so clear and manifest that men cannot misread them, and if they have any thought at all, they must extract the true teaching from them. Some of the divine judgments are a great deep, but in the case of malicious persecutors the matter is plain enough, and the most illiterate can understand. - Spurgeon
The righteous will seek refuge in the Lord because there is still evil going on.
There are people who are upright in heart on both sides. All those who are upright in heart shall glory when they see what the Lord has done.
- Steve Miller
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Psalm 64 for the overcomer, a psalm through David
Composer: James Walch (1837-1901)
1 Hear, O Lord
God, my voice in my
complaint in my musing.
Preserve my life from the fear of
the enemy's plotting.
Hide me from the conspiracy
of the evil-doers,
from the tumultuous mob of
lawless wicked workers,
who sharpened their tongue like a sword,
their bitter word aiming,
that they may shoot in secret at
him with integrity.
Suddenly do they shoot at him,
and they do not have fear.
They strengthen the mob for evil.
They write things to hide snares.
They said, "Who will see them?", 6 as
plan out iniquities.
"We have perfected a disguise,
searched out diligently."
And the inward part of a man
is deep and the heart too.
Then God shot an arrow at them.
Suddenly they had wounds.
Then by their tongue they made him fall
on the conspirators.
All that see into them shall shake,
and all mankind did fear,
and they did declare God's doing,
and His work wisely viewed.
The righteous rejoice in the LORD
and in Him seek refuge.
The Lord's own hand made manifest
for all the world to see.
All those who are upright in heart
shall in the Lord glory.
- Steve Miller
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Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
Deuteronomy 29:18 lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from Jehovah our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that bears gall and wormwood,
Revelation 2:24 But to you I say, the rest who are in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they say, I do not cast upon you any other burden;
Common men are a breath, only.
Persons are but a vanity.
On a scale they are measured.
Together they are lighter than air.
Revelation 11:9 And men of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations see their body three days and a half, and they do not suffer their bodies to be put into a sepulcher.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth rejoice over them, and are full of delight, and shall send gifts one to another, because these, the two prophets, tormented them that dwell upon the earth.
11 And after the three days and a half the spirit of life from God came into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon those beholding them.
12 And I heard a great voice out of the heaven saying to them, Come up here; and they went up to the heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them.
13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth of the city fell, and seven thousand names of men were slain in the earthquake. And the remnant were filled with fear, and gave glory to the God of the heaven.
1 Samuel 6:3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; ye must at any rate return him a trespass-offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you.