Nighttime Musings | Psalm 140
That leads us to tonights lesson: Psalm 140:
Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; protect me from men of violence who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet. Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.
Here David is talking to the Lord about His enemies. He is specifically asking for God's protection from two types of attacks by the enemy. First he is asking God to protect him from the evils desires of his enemies. David is asking God to preemptively stop His enemies. Don't even let their plans take root. Next he asks for protection from their actions. David knows that sometimes the plans of the enemy will come so he asks that God would protect him from them.
The rest of the Psalm is David worshiping God in the midst of his enemies. He knows that God is able to save Him. He sings so his mind is clear about how God will protect him. God doesn't need a reminder of His Power and Majesty.
O LORD, I say to you, "You are my God." Hear, O LORD, my cry for mercy. O Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle- do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.
Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. Let burning coals fall upon them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. Let slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down men of violence. I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Surely the righteous will praise your name and the upright will live before you.
As long as we keeps our eyes and hearts on God we can walk through the valley of the shadow of death with no fear.
Good Night All