Psalm 64 - Overcomer - They aim their bitter word
I am working on 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.
A good prayer for our leaders, that they would not give in out of fear of the enemy.
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
- A good prayer for someone being confirmed as a judge.
"Lawless workers" are professionals. That is their occupation.
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".
A bitter word is from someone who was on your side and got offended, so he became your enemy (Heb 12:15; Deut 29:18
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
- This can be through anonymous leaks.
"They are unafraid of their secret malice being exposed." - Rabbi David Kimchi (RaDaK)
- The media strengthens the bitter people to do more evil.
- They make a devious plan to blame the leader for what they have done.
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 that the leader was influenced by Russia 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 the enemies to 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.
All of a sudden the tables are turned.
Their lies finally catch up with them. They are surprised. They sharpened their tongue like a sword (v3) which they ended up using against themselves.
- Common people (see v6
) will see the Lord's hand in this, including people who were siding with the enemies 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. This answer to prayer does not take place in the millennium but today.
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
copyright 10/11/2020 voiceInWilderness.info
Psalm 64 for the overcomer, a psalm through David
Composer: James Walch (1837-1901)
1 Hear, O Lord
God, my voice in my
in my meditation.
Preserve my life from the fear of
the enemy's action.
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
those with integrity.
Suddenly do they shoot at him,
and they do not have fear.
People strengthen them for evil.
They write books to hide snares.
They said, "Who will see them?", 6 as
"We have perfected a fine plan,
And the inward part of a man
is deep and the heart too.
Then God shot an arrow at them.
Suddenly they had wounds.
By their own tongue they're made to fall
over one another.
All that see them shall flee away,
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
copyright 10/11/2020 voiceInWilderness.info
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 sepulchre.
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.