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.
v1 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
v2 - 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
v3 - 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
v4 - This can be through anonymous leaks.
"They are unafraid of their secret malice being exposed." - Rabbi David Kimchi (RaDaK)
v5 - The media strengthens the bitter people to do more evil.
v6 - 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.
v7 - 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.
v8 - 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.
v9 - 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
v10 - 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
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