A Psalm for Protection (Psalm #64)

Text: Psalm 64

In 2 Samuel 15:12 the conspiracy against David grows with David’s son Absolam vying for the throne and recruiting some of David’s friends who weren’t on good terms with David. David is facing a coup from the “Deep State.”

Hear me (vs 1)

  • Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
  • but Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
  • David wants to be preserved from fear of the enemy.

Hide me (vss 2-6)

  • David describes things other people are doing against him that he has no control over, so he’s trusting the Lord to intervene.
  • The secret wicked activities are described in detail.
  • Whet their tongue (vs 3)… search iniquities (vs 6)
    • Faults discovered, evil motives imputed, exaggerations invented, lies forged, innuendoes suggested, old slanders furnished, and ancient hatreds rekindled. (Spurgeon)

Help me (vss 7-10)

  • The Lord answers by firing a shot into the camp of the wicked.
  • Results of the Lord’s answer
    • When trouble enters in the wicked begin fighting each other.
    • All men shall fear and declare the work of God and wisely consider His doing.
    • The righteous shall be glad in the Lord and trust Him; upright shall glory.