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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 64:2-4, 7-8, 10

Psalm 64:2-4, 7-8, 10

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers, who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows, shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear…But God shoots his arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly. They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them; all who see them will wag their heads…Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!”

English Standard Version (ESV)

Robin Hood was legendary. Not only did he rob from the rich and give to the poor, not only did he rescue Maid Marian from Nottingham Castle, but he was also a deadly archer. He never missed his mark. The Kevin Costner version of Robin Hood portrays the outlaw as clumsy with a sword, but vicious and deadly with the bow and arrow. It was his weapon of choice, what he had been trained to use, and missing his target was a rarity.

In Psalm 64, the enemies of David shoot their deadly arrows at him… with their mouths. Their tongues are like swords, their bitter words like arrows. The wicked spew verbal poison at the blameless, suddenly and without fear. The power of their words is immense, for David calls out to God in dread (v. 1) as they lay their snares and plot their evil purposes. We hold the power of life and death in our tongue. James says in his New Testament letter that the tongue is a “restless evil, full of deadly poison,” from which come both blessing and cursing. Once words of anger and bitterness leave our lips, they have unbelievable destructive power. David’s enemies lashed out with their lies, but God returned it upon their own heads and brought them to ruin, their own tongues being turned against them. Since God repays the wicked, we can rejoice in the Lord and find our rest in Him because He fights valiantly for His children.

Sticks and stones may never break our bones, but words can hurt. We know from experience, don’t we? As God’s people, we have been called according to His purposes to be instruments of purity and righteousness. If we put garbage in, guess what comes out? Let’s fill ourselves instead with the fruits of the Spirit, speaking words of peace, mercy, and love. The world is

watching us; what will we say?

Further Reading: James 3:1-12; Galatians 5:13-25

Pray with me today:

Father, be Lord of my lips today. Make my mouth an instrument of Your peace. In Jesus’ name,


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