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Thoughts on Psalm 59

Thoughts on Psalm 59

These verses in Psalm 59 are, again, in regards to Saul and David.  Saul had sent soldiers to David’s house in order to kill him.

Psalm 59

Rescue me from my enemies, O God.
    Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.
Rescue me from these criminals;
    save me from these murderers.
They have set an ambush for me.
    Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord,
    though I have not sinned or offended them.
I have done nothing wrong,
    yet they prepare to attack me.
    Wake up! See what is happening and help me!
Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel,
    wake up and punish those hostile nations.
    Show no mercy to wicked traitors. 

They come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.


Can you imagine the fear this man was in?  I mean…I have been reading some books on the Holocaust.  The fear in those people is described in such detail.  That fear I hear in these words that David penned.

These soldiers were sent to kill him.  They didn’t want to have a chat or arrest him…Saul wanted him dead.  I’m sure these soldiers have no idea.  They just know if they do not follow orders, they will be the ones dead.

How scary is that?

Section 2

Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths;
    their words cut like swords.
    “After all, who can hear us?” they sneer.
But Lord, you laugh at them.
    You scoff at all the hostile nations.
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
    He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.

11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
    stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
    O Lord our shield.
12 Because of the sinful things they say,
    because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
    their curses, and their lies.


Let’s just camp out at verse 7.  “Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths; their words cut like swords.  After all, who can hear us? they sneer.”

Who can hear them?  God knows every word on our tongue before we speak it.  He knows every thought in our mind before we think it.  Pay attention!  He knows!  So, when we are spouting off at the mouth saying all the things.  Realize.  He hears.  When we are thinking all the things about all the mean people.  Realize.  He knows.


Section 3

13 Destroy them in your anger!
    Wipe them out completely!
Then the whole world will know
    that God reigns in Israel.

14 My enemies come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
15 They scavenge for food
    but go to sleep unsatisfied.

16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love.

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