Psalm 64 is a great encouragement to God’s people who are attacked with lies and slander by the enemy. David prays for God’s protection from the secret plots of the wicked. These secret plots are in the form of bitter words, lies and deception, suddenly shot at the blameless. The enemy has no conscience as his arrows of lies are fixed on his target without fear and yet with evil intent.
We are reminded that the enemy is not the only one with arrows. In verse 7 we are told that God also has arrows, and with only 1 arrow God will bring to ruin the enemy. We, the righteous, can rejoice and take refuge in God, knowing He will be vindicated and we, His people, will be protected.
Psalm 64 ESV
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the throng of evildoers,
3 who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless,
shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
6 They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.
7 But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.
8 They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
all who see them will wag their heads.
9 Then all mankind fears;
they tell what God has brought about
and ponder what he has done.
10 Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!
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