Psalm 64 is a prayer for protection.
The cry for help.
The prayer opens with three simple requests of God.
Hide me from the enemy.
Hear me, O God as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from that noisy crowd of evildoers. (v. 1-2)
The complaint about the enemy.
The prayer voices a complaint about the enemy’s tactics, which are the reason God’s protection is needed.
* They aim their words like deadly arrow.
* They boldly ambush the innocent.
* They encourage each other in evil plans.
* They plan and hide their snares.
* They plot injustice.
* They boast about their evil plans.
The confidence in God.
The prayer shifts focus from the enemy to God. The phrase “but God” indicates the turning point. The template for many of the prayers in the psalms is this:
The enemy _____, but God _____.
The enemy may employ many tactics, but God will prevail.
But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly they will be struck down.
He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. (v. 7-8)
The prayer concludes with confidence that God will act., that He will use the enemy’s own words to bring them to ruin.
The call to praise.
This certainty that God will answer this prayer for protection and defeat the enemy turns into a call to praise.
Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD
and take refuge in him;
let all the upright in heart praise him! (v. 10)
We can use Psalm 64 as a guide for our own prayers.
When words are used as weapons against you, cry out to God for help.
Hear me. Protect me. Hide me.
Pour out your complaint to Him.
Be confident that God will answer and act.
Take refuge in the Lord.
Father, hear me as I voice my complaint. Protect me and hide me from the enemy’s schemes. Words may be used as weapons against me, but You can turn those very words around to defeat the enemy. Until that happens, I take refuge in You. I choose to praise You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.