(10 verses, 1:04 to read)
LISTEN and READ
What I am about to READ
- Psalm 64 is a psalm of complaint against David’s (and our) enemies.
- vv. 1-2 are a prayer, asking God to deliver us from evil.
- vv. 3-6 detail the wickedness of the enemies of the righteous.
- vv. 7-9 show the justice of God and its results.
- v. 10 is a prayer of thanksgiving for deliverance from these enemies, which God has done in response to the prayer said in vv. 1-2.
- The people of God are surrounded on all sides by enemies. The catechism teaches us to pray in the 7th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer that God would deliver us from every evil of body and soul. This Psalm fits nicely under that petition, as our enemies in the world are constantly seeking our downfall. They delight when Christians are oppressed and silenced and even killed. However, we ought to remember that our enemies also include the devil and our own sinful flesh. These, too, desire to bring us to ruin. This psalm is a prayer against our own flesh!
- When God brings destruction on the enemies of His people (who are also His own enemies), mankind is struck with dread. Even the righteous can be caught off guard by the severity of God’s justice. Think of the flood in Genesis, for instance. There, God condemned and drowned the unbelieving world, which included little children. One of the most striking images of the flood I’ve ever seen is one that has at its center a mother holding her infant child in an effort to protect him from the rising tide. Our sinful flesh recoils in horror at this. In His mercy, God shows us the fullness of His wrath in order to drive us to repentance. There, we are assured that God has punished another in our place–Christ Jesus. Since He has borne our sins, we are declared righteous for His sake.
Be of good cheer; your cause belongs
To Him who can avenge your wrongs;
Leave it to Him, our Lord.
Though hidden yet from mortal eyes,
His Gideon shall for you arise,
Uphold you and His Word. (LSB 666)
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN