David’s enemies

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I may be wrong, but as I am reading through the Psalms (and today coming to Psalm 64 and 65), David has made some mention of his enemies in every psalm since Psalm 51.

Based on the content of this blog, this journey of a pilgrim, these are not easy psalms to read every day. These are psalms that, up until a year ago, I am not sure I could relate to. Now, I feel like I have a much better understanding (not full of course) of what David’s experiences were like. I’d prefer this wasn’t the case, but then I’m up against the truth of James 1:2-3.

Anyway, it seems to be not very often that David doesn’t bring up his enemies somehow in his psalms. A sizable collection of material describing King David’s enemies…which certainly brings out David’s life that is characterized by him turning to God as his ever-present help in trouble.

David often finds himself in situations where there is no human help, but he does have God. Over and over, he calls to him, cries out to him (literally in tears), and finds help and strength in the One who walks with him in those valleys.

Alexander Maclaren, applied this lesson, saying…

“However high and closely engirdling may be the walls that men or sorrows build around us, there is always an opening in the dungeon roof through which heaven is visible and prayers can mount.”

Psalm 64 includes these elements, as David describes his enemies…

  • Their nature in verse 2…wickedness through conspiracy to do harm
  • Their weapons in verse 3…words.
  • Their methods in verse 4…secret, sudden warfare
  • Their plans in verse 5…cold, intentional, purposeful, done in secret
  • Their attitude in verse 6…smug, sure, confident, full of pride

Then those words that we so often read in Scripture…”But God…”

“But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.” (Psalm 64:7)

David portrays for us a sudden intervention by God. I’d like to think that this would mean that when I pray, God silences his enemies. It must mean something else. God must have another plan. God must know the future. He must be using the “not yet” for his purpose.

Interesting that Paul speaks of a sudden intervention in 1 Thessalonians 5:3…

“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

God does notice the wrongs, He will make them right.

James Montgomery Boice says it like this (commenting on Psalm 64)…

“For five verses the wicked have been hatching their nefarious plots against King David. They have done it secretly, cunningly, and with mutual encouragement. They have reached the point of congratulating themselves on their efforts, saying, “We have devised a perfect plan” and “Who will see us?” But suddenly, just when they think they have succeeded brilliantly, God, who has been watching it all from heaven, launches his bolt against them and quickly brings them down.”

Am I allowed to pray for lightening bolts?

When we say that God will win in the end, we are also saying that God has already won. Jesus’ words from the cross, his resurrection, secure God’s victory.

As I have been reading through this collection of psalms and seeing over and over David’s comments about his enemies, and I have been reminded over and over that God will win, that God has already won.

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