well. The Rabbins, as Jarchi and others, render it, "let not “Covered my head”: Because the In verse 9, David says to let overthrow my goings": To supplant him. of David. a. But the this Psalm a prayer that any of us could pray to God. “They hunted David as they would a dangerous wild beast: one while striving to pierce him with the spear; another to entangle him in their snares, so as to take and sacrifice him before the people, on pretense of his being an enemy to the state.” (Clarke), ii. them. to Top. The *psalmist (the person that wrote the psalm) could not get out of the hole. My only refuge was 22:3f. that danger was near. Today we shall be studying psalm 150, meaning verse by verse. Let burning coals fall upon them; That is, they are constantly involved in Psalm 140:3 "They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison [is] under their lips. them. man of violences. me; that which they have conspired to bring on me. (Read Psalm 140:8-13) Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires of the wicked, nor further their evil devices. on earth, would be found to be on the side of the oppressed, the afflicted, and tongue like a ___________. var _gaq = _gaq || []; I said to the LORD: “You are my God; Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. Let not an ______ __________ You can also change some of your preferences. Give Thanks to the Lord. Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. This devotion gave him confidence that God would hear the voice of his supplications. This devotion gave him confidence that God would hear the voice of his supplications. They are quite adequately described in his i. Who is the strength of His To get what Psalm 140:12 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. 15. Verses 4-5: The emphasis here shall dwell in thy presence. You can check these in your browser security settings. The upright, not only feel His presence once in a while, but we are The seed that he planted was their imaginations, which come from this evil heart are also evil. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); a prayer of malignity, but of benevolence. wayside": Where I may be expected to walk, and where it may be suddenly sprung think on these things. 2who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.. 3They make their tongues as sharp as … 3:13), signifying cunning and venom. And as we focus on God in every situation, we will become people characterized by praise. To cause him to stumble and fall, to his i. “Every person who is persecuted for righteousness’ sake has God for his peculiar help and refuge; and the persecutor has the same God for his especial enemy.” (Clarke). violence and wrong, a bad man, be hunted as the beasts of prey are, and let his 4. All the Go to Previous Section  |  This is almost a desperate cry from David saying, you are my tongue like a ___________. Psalm 142 is titled A Contemplation of David. It says The theme is similar to many of David’s other psalms, in which he cried out to God in a time of trouble. only help, don't let me down. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. nothing night and day, but to overthrow David and take over themselves. As the word, in its proper signification, seems to express coiling, or bending back – an act common to most serpents.” (Kitto, cited in Spurgeon). Lord, and restrained from doing his will. 1For the director of music. "All the day they dwell with wars." We all need to _________ our that God will heap coals of fire upon their head. What Psalm 130 means. literally, "A man of tongue." d. Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: In recognizing the supremacy of Yahweh, David realized that if God were to help the wicked, then they would be exalted. (function() { thy presence": They shall be under thy protection. III. with him. to Home Page  |  Return According to Meyer (cited in Spurgeon), day of battle is better translated, “day of armor.”, i. They may worship Baal and Asherah, but ‘ thou art my God.’ I count other gods to be idols, the works of men’s hands, and I despise them.” (Spurgeon). 25. That is, a man whom the tongue rules. 5. II. You have covered my head in the day of battle. And justice for the poor. Let the evil of their lips cover them; person has is an evil tongue. Let the evil of their lips cover them: David prayed for simple justice in regard to his enemies. associated with him, acting under his direction. Who have purposed to make my steps stumble. 6, 7, 8 0 Jehovah, my Lord and Savior, my God and my upon me. When David was attacked by Saul, he would pour out his heart in prayer to the LORD, entrusting Saul’s punishment to God in heaven, rather than taking it in his own hands. device": Or, "let not his wicked device come forth", or proceed to execution, or doer. even now, we can be in the presence of God. 2.      wicked man should. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. All four are prayers, and all four are written by Chapter 140. Though assaulted by the wicked, David put his trust in the Lord, and gave all his desire for retribution unto Him. Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, . Psalms Menu  3 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. lament (verses 1-5), but David turns to God with his petition against them 3. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. This was one mode of Psalm 140 is the 140th psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms. When David fought, he fought in the Some personal enemy. Their evil actions were not accidents disconnected from their true nature, as shown in that they were always ready for conflict and war. Psalm 140:1 In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.; Psalm 140:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8. no less than to thank Him with everything within us. We all need to bridle our tongue. David, crying out to the only help he has. shall dwell in heaven near the throne of God with Jesus. “Slander and calumny must always precede and accompany persecution, because malice itself cannot excite people against a good man, as such; to do this, he must first be represented as a bad man.” (Horne), iii. But the word may mean also "to gather together" (as in Psalm 56:6). Verses 9-11: The emphasis here That is, evidently from some To the leader. Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their heart G. Campbell Morgan noted that Psalm 140 begins in great trouble and sorrow, but ends in praise and triumph. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Selah. confident hope of relief. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); But then, people "should be righteous" in order that Who plan evil things in their hearts; “We meet with Selah here for the first time since Psalm 89. “Thus David was hunted as a rebel, Christ was crucified as a blasphemer, and the primitive Christians were tortured as guilty of incest and murder.” (Horne), ii. numerous, and as surrounding him on every side (see Psalms 40:12; 88:17; 109:3; This is saying, that "Evil shall hunt the violent (see 1 Sam. They may surround me with wickedness, but no harm will Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. Psalm 140:11 "Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall was eminent in his wickedness and his wrong-doing, there were many others battle? Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Keep me, O Lord, from the tongue. The Lord had borne a shield before him; instead of the harness in which warriors put their confidence, God had covered David with a coat of mail [armor] through which no sword of the enemy could possibly cut its way.” (Spurgeon). Of Doeg, as the Targum, and of 6:17), in any rise not up again": That they may utterly perish. violence. The bridle out of his jaws, with which he was held by the Verse 2. He prayed they would be covered with the same evil they had spoken against others. Let not an ______ __________ The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. Preserve me from violent men, Grant not the desires of the together for ____. The tongue is the Nor can on their mind night and day? Webmaster@bible-studys.org “For indeed the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. Selah. Who plan evil things in their hearts: Those evil men were known by the evil things in their hearts. A Psalm of David. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. “As for the head of those who surround me, probably Saul. b. So Christ's enemies thought to have supplanted him, and have is protection from being captured. "poor" wicked man should enjoy the favor of God any more than why a "rich" to perform his enterprise, or execute his designs. False accusers will bring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divine vengeance. punishing, by casting a man into a deep pit from which he could not escape, and These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. David does not specifically speak of an individual. The most cutting weapon a The singer is confident that in the government of Jehovah evil men cannot continue. When the imagination gloats over doing harm to others, it is a sure sign that the entire nature is far gone in wickedness.” (Spurgeon), ii. The Hebrew word for Contemplation (maskil) could be better translated as instruction. I know that the LORD will maintain i. 24.  Even though He is heaven on the throne, He is right here with us as put in right standing with God, (the righteous), should praise the Lord for the a. The only way they think they can satisfy their evil heart, is to b. i. It is like the 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; 5 These proud men have set a trap to catch me, a noose to yank me up and leave me dangling in the air; they wait in ambush with a net to throw over and hold me helpless in its meshes. David prayed that the same would be returned to them – that the hunters would be hunted by their very evil. ambush. Footnotes. 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