David Prays For Justice

Rescue me, Lord, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent men who plan evil in their hearts. They stir up wars all day long. They make their tongues as sharp as a snake’s bite; viper’s venom is under their lips. Protect me, Lord, from the clutches of the wicked. Keep me safe from violent men who plan to make me stumble. The proud hide a trap with ropes for me; they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Listen, Lord, to my cry for help. Lord God, my strong Savior, You shield my head on the day of battle. Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let them achieve their goals. [Otherwise,] they will become proud, (Psalm 140 vv. 1-8).

Again David vents his emotions, hence the title for this psalm. An imprecation is a curse on the wicked. An impromptu is a musical piece played extemporaneously. David is spontaneously engaging in an emotional outburst in song. The tone is harsh, strident, and dissonant.

In his opening prayer, David prays for justice and protection from the wicked. He then proceeds to curse them for their vicious character. Their tongues are poisonous; their hands do evil things; their minds devise all kinds of cunning plots to trap David and take him off the scene.

In verses 6-8, he praises God’s sovereignty, using military imagery to affirm his protective power, David then concludes this section by praying for the divine restraint of the wicked.

David’s prayer life is marked by honesty and openness. He never denies the reality of internal pressure. He is obviously fearful, and his emotions are churning, but he feels perfectly free to dump all of this junk on God. God is certainly big enough to take it!

The great psalmist was objective about his suffering, but because he acknowledged it and worked through it, he was able to cope with God’s help. I can do the same!

Personal Prayer

O Strong Deliverer, I pray that you will protect me from the cunning schemes of ungodly person’s. I pray also that you will protect me from myself and deliver me from unnecessary guilt and fear.

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