Psalm Chapter 59:Deliver Me From Those Who Snarl Like Dogs Oh God!

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Psalm Chapter 59: Deliver Me From My Enemies Oh God!

The superscription of this psalm is supported by its content. Although the author of the psalm, David, was Saul’s son-in-law, Saul was determined to murder him (1 Sam. 19:1-17). The psalm is David’s prayer offered to the Lord while he was being threatened by his most dangerous, and powerful, enemy, Saul.

The psalm embodies three key elements that are intertwined:

  1. Petition (verses 1-3; 4b, 5, 11-13),
  2. Lament/prayer; unpleasant descriptions of the psalmist’s adversary, imprecations (imprecatory psalms are psalms that contain curses or prayers for the punishment of the psalmist’s enemies), (verses 3, 4a, 6-7), and
  3. An expression of trust in God’s answer (verses 8-10; 14-17).

Context

Even though the psalm was written when David was king of Israel, it recalls an earlier time of anguish when Saul sought to kill David (1 Sam. 9:11). Ultimately David’s strong confidence in God’s sovereignty transforms the lament into a song of assurance.  “Altaschith”: Possibly the opening words of a known song, implying that this psalm should be sung to the same tune (see note of Psalm 16; Title). One could make up a title with this inscription: “Saul sent men … to kill me” (Case, 2019). .Verses 1-2: The events surrounding this psalm are found (in 1 Sam. 19:9-17). The phrase “deliver me” is repeated for emphasis. Deliver means to “bring out” of trouble. To “defend” is to “set on high, out of the reach of trouble” (91:14).

 

  1. Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord.

David had his enemies, even in his youth. It didn’t matter that he was an amiable person. As a youth and a king, he achieved a lot and the presence of God with him. But, it was some of his accomplishments that made Saul his enemy. Not only was he an enemy of Saul, but Saul also used his power and authority to make David the enemy of many of his friends and associates (see 1 Sam. 18:5). Today people will dictate to you who you can be friends with and who you cannot befriend. That is the height of relationship manipulation. If someone ever tells you that you cannot be friends with someone because they don’t like them – then back away from that friendship and make it an acquaintance.

Remember, that Christ had his enemies, even though he went about doing good, both for the bodies and souls of men, continually. The religious people, namely the chief priests, Scribes, and Pharisees, were his implacable enemies, and even the people of the Jews in general. Today the same people plague the church of God, and members of it, whom Christians may represent, have their enemies, sin, Satan, and the world. And as David and Christ, so the church has a covenant with God to push forward and carry out his mission. The church may desire deliverance from its enemies, but only God can give it deliverance. No human being can overcome demonic powers.

I know that God is my helper!

They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.

This came thing is what they did with Jesus. They followed Him around to find and kind of railing accusations that they could accuse him on. Like David, they wanted to kill Him, even at the beginning, but God protected Jesus right in the middle of His enemies. Likewise, David is tels Gods that they are plotting to kill him. He acknowledges that God is his only hope. We know that God sees and knows what our enemies are plotting.

Though my enemies may lo and scheme against me, I still I will praise You oh God!

They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear? But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen (the term heathen probably relates to non-Israelite/Judaic nations) in derision.

David compares the threats of his enemies to a barking dog who does not follow through on his threatening bark. Do you know any prominent leader who “Belch … with their mouth?” This is NOT Joyce/EM speaking this is God’s word speaking.  It is a picture of thee coarse, uncouth character of Saul’s henchmen/friends who were supporting him! (compare verse 12). They do not speak pleasant words. Their words are like “swords”: Their conversation was dedicated to the assassination of David. Do you know any prominent leaders whose conversations are dedicated to the downfall of their opponents? It is NOT A PRETTY PICTURE IS IT?  “Say they, doth [he] hear”: talk about blasphemy! How could anyone be so presumptous to think that they can do and say what they want to beacuse God does not hear them?

Even though they are murders, do not kill them Father/

Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defense. 10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. 11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. 13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 

David’s confidence and trust is in God. He knows that God “has his six” so to speak. He does not have to rant and rave at his enemies. Amazingly, although they are determined to murder him, David pleads for their life. He says, “11 Slay them not,” why? “lest my people forget.” The people may forget that God was his refuge in a time of trouble; that he protected his servant. Instead of wiping them out, he wants wants God to teach his people, and David’s enemies by making a lesson out of them. So, God hurt them, but hurt them slowly! Now in this day and age we would say that David was a masochist!  “13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.” He really wants them gone, but now right now. He wants his enemies to see that God is sovereign!

They are nothing more than dog prowling. They are seeking to devour your servant.

David said the behavior and mouths of his enemies were like prowling dogs. But he did not want God to devour them or wipe them out!

The world, and its leaders, act like this on a daily basis. How should we, the church, react? We should be mindful that this is not acceptable behavior to God. We should not be engaged in this type of behavior. We should avoid it like a plague and anyone who daily ravages the name and person of another Human being! What did he determine that he was going to do evangelicals? He was going to trust in and praise God.

16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.  He knows that God is his fortress!

Prayer, Lord teach us how to look to you for protection. Your protection is everlasting, but man’s is fleeting. You never change and become something that you are not. You are God Alone. SELAH!

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