Psalm 140

Psalm 140 has David crying out to God for help.  “Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually”.  David was under attack for much of his life.  People were out to destroy him and take his life.  He was being pursued by men with a record of violence and doing wrong.  They were not amateurs, but planners of evil set on removing him from the scene.  David cries out to the only One who can protect him, God Himself.  God is his deliverer and protector.

David pleas with God to guard him from the enemy.  “Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me”.  David knows that God has complete understanding of their plans and traps to take him out.  So he asks God to intervene and guard his path that he won’t walk into their snare.  God knows all, sees all, and understands the hearts of all so He knows the plans of every man.  He can guard and protect us.

David has a personal relationship with God.  This isn’t a request out of nowhere.  He walks with God intimately.  “I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord! O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation”.  This is what God wants from each of us – to be close to Him and to have our hope and faith completely built upon His love.  He is Lord.  He is King.  He wants to be my God and yours.  God is a personal God who not only listens to our cries, but is our strength and salvation.  He alone is worthy of our praise.  He alone can save us.

David asks God to deal harshly with his enemies.  “Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise”!  He is tired of running and hiding from evil.  And he wants God to be victorious and glorified.  God is faithful.  Our response to His action needs to be one of praise and telling that story.  “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence”.  God is alive in your life every day.  Do you give thanks and dwell in His presence?  That is what our response ought to be!

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