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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 64

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: A Complaint Against Complicity (v 1-10)

Psalms 64 Commentary

(64:1) Victory Belongs to the Lord - Evil can come in the form of a secret conspiracy or an ambush. Satan wants to catch us unprepared. He tempts us in our weakest areas when we least expect it. But God himself will strike down our enemies (64:7), whether they are physical, emotional, or spiritual. Wickedness is widespread and affects us in many ways, but the final victory already belongs to God and to those who believe in him and trust him 

(64:1-2) Being Honest Before the Lord - We may believe that God wants to hear only certain requests from us and so filter what we say to him. While we should offer praise, confession, and respectful petitions, God also listens to anything we want to tell him. David expressed himself honestly, knowing that God would hear his voice. God will always listen to us, and he will fully understand what we mean, even if we cannot find the right words. 

(64:3-10) Sticks and Stones - Words do hurt us, sometimes even more than sticks or stones could. Hurtful words can be full of hostility, offense, or unwarranted criticism. The words spoken against us are among the most painful attacks we face. If we trust in God, however, these attacks need not cause any lasting damage. When faced with criticism, evaluate whether there is any truth in it and do what is right.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Protection

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 64. Today's text shows a theme of David's complaint against conspiracy. In making an application, we see that when others conspire against us, we can ask God for protection because he knows everything. Today, we can ask for that same protection as we face our struggles and enemies. Just as David learned - we need to understand that the Lord knows all, and we can trust Him to protect us from our enemies. How about you? Do you feel intimidated by your enemies? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the Lord is our Protection from our enemies.


Psalm 64

Psalm 64

 1Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

 2Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

 3Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

 4That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

 5They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

 6They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

 7But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

 8So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

 9And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

 10The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.