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Commentary » Psalms 140:1-Psalms 140:13 » Family-Times.net

A Prayer For The Lord’s Help

John Paton, a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands was surrounded one night by hostile natives who were intent on burning out the Patos’s and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were … More

Deliverance

David was being slandered and violence was present. This psalm can be divided as follows:

I.    Asking for deliverance (vv. 1-11).

      1.   Places his case before the Lord (v. 1) “Deliver me, O Lord from the evil men.....”

      2.   Pleads his case before the Lord (vv. 2-11). He explains how the evil man’s plans are:

            (a)  Belligerent thoughts (v. 2) “Which imagine mischiefs in their heart....”

            (b)  Bitter words (v. 3) “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent....”

            (c)  Brutal deeds (v. 4-5) “Keep me, O Lord from the hands of the wicked....”

      3.   Plans of evil men are brought to nothing by:

            (a) A God who responds (vv. 6-7) “Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle...”

            (b) A God who restrains (v. 8) “Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked....”

            (c) A God who rules (vv. 9-11) “Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth...”

II.  Assurance of deliverance (vv. 12-13).

      1.   For those rejected by men (v. 12). “The Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted...”

      2.   For those right with God (v. 13). “Surely the righteous shall give thanks.....”

David was being slandered and violence was present. This psalm can be divided as follows:

I.     Asking for deliverance (vv. 1-11).

        1.    Places his case before the Lord (v. 1) “Deliver me, O Lord from the evil men.....”

        2.    Pleads his case before the Lord (vv. 2-11). He explains how the evil man’s plans are:

                (a)  Belligerent thoughts (v. 2) “Which imagine mischiefs in their heart....”

               (b)   Bitter words (v. 3) “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent....”

               (c)   Brutal deeds (v. 4-5) “Keep me, O Lord from the hands of the wicked....

        3.    Plans of evil men are brought to nothing by:

               (a)   A God who responds (vv. 6-7) “Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle...”

               (b)   A God who restrains (v. 8) “Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked....”

               (c)   A God who rules (vv. 9-11) “Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth...”

II.    Assurance of deliverance (vv. 12-13).

        1.    For those rejected by men (v. 12). “The Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted...”

        2.    For those right with God (v. 13). “Surely the righteous shall give thanks.....”

Application

Probably I will never be pursued by someone trying to physically kill me. However I have some  enemies that I will face such as peer pressure, materialism, etc. I need to pray just like David did that God will deliver, preserve and keep me from falling prey to these.

Psalms 140:1-13 (English Standard Version)

Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. 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. 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, you have covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them! Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise! Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily! I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.

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