Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LORD JESUS, Shield My Head In The Day Of Battle

Psalm 140

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers;
Protect me from the violent,
2who devise evil plans in their hearts
and stir up war every day.
3They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
the poison of vipers is on their lips.
4Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
Protect me from the violent,
who devise ways to trip my feet.

5The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;
they have spread out the cords of their net
and have set traps for me along my path.

6I say to The LORD, “YOU Are my GOD.”
Hear, LORD, my cry for Mercy.
7SOVEREIGN LORD, my Strong Deliverer,
YOU Shield my head in the day of battle.

8Do Not Grant the wicked their desires, LORD;
Do Not Let their plans succeed.

9Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
May the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10May burning coals fall on them;
May they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.
11May slanderers not be established in the land;
May disaster hunt down the violent.
12I know that The LORD Secures Justice for the poor
and Upholds the cause of the needy.
13Surely the righteous will praise YOUR Name,
and the upright will live In YOUR Presence.


This and the four following psalms are much of a piece, and the scope of them the same with many that we met with in the beginning and middle of the Book of Psalms.  They were penned by David (as it should seem) when he was persecuted by Saul; one of them is said to be his "prayer when he was in the cave," and it is probable that all the rest were penned about the same time.

In this, as in other things, David was a type of CHRIST, that HE Suffered Before HE Reigned, Was Humbled Before HE Was Exalted On High, and that as there were many who loved and valued HIM, and sought to do HIM honor, so there were many who hated and envied David himself, and sought to do him mischief.

The more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to GOD. All are safe whom The LORD Protects. If GOD Is For us, who can be against us? We should especially watch and pray that The LORD Would Hold Up our goings in HIS Ways that our footsteps don’t slip. GOD Is As Able To Keep HIS people from secret fraud as from open force; and the experience we have had of HIS Power and Care, in dangers of one kind, may encourage us to depend upon HIM in other dangers.

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