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Psalm 140

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Evil and Violent men

It is The Cry Of A Hunted Soul the supplication of a believer incessantly persecuted and beset by cunning enemies, who hungered for his destruction. David was hunted like a partridge upon the mountains, and seldom obtained a moment's rest. This is his pathetic appeal to Jehovah for protection, an appeal which gradually intensifies into a denunciation of his bitter foes. With this sacrifice of prayer he offers the salt of faith; for in a very marked and emphatic manner he expresses his personal confidence in the Lord as the Protector of the oppressed, and as his own God and Defender. Few short Psalms are so rich in the jewellery of precious faith. —Charles Spurgeon
VERSE 1
Their character is evil and violent
evil
Matthew 6:13 NKJV
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
violent

violence, i.e., a strong, fierce, destructive force resulting in acts that maim, destroy, kill, often implying a lawlessness, terror, and lack of moral restraint

Only God can deliver and preserve
to save v. — to save from ruin, destruction, or harm.
preserve
to save v. — to save from ruin, destruction, or harm.

preserve, keep, maintain, protect, i.e., cause to be safe from danger, implying a relationship with the protector

VERSE 2
Their evil plan begins in their heart
They weave their mischief like a spider weaving it’s web for its prey
It’s natural for an evil heart to plan evil things
Not satisfied with on just one evil plot
They gather together for the sole purpose of war and violence
They never grow weary in causing war
They are a committee of opposition in permanent session: they never adjourn, but perpetually consider the all absorbing question of how to do the most harm to the man of God. —Charles Spurgeon
VERSE 3
Like a poisonous serpent they lie coiled ready to strike
They look and use the most harmful words
They use words filled with poison
VERSE 4
A prayer to the LORD to guard us from wicked men’s hands
A prayer to the LORD to protects us from violent men
A prayer to the LORD to protect us from their goal, which is to make us stumble
VERSE 5
The arrogant will attempt any means to trap us for they are relentless
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
They hide their instruments of entrapment
They place their nets in strategic places hoping for an opportunity to trap us
They set traps all around
VERSE 6
Chose your God with the intent of a full commitment
Cry out with your supplications to Him
VERSE 7
He is Lord and the strength for our deliverance
He is our protection in the battle
David didn’t have a human as an armor bearer
1 Samuel 17:41 NKJV
So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him.
1 Samuel 17:
1 Samuel 17:45–47 NKJV
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:45-47
VERSE 8
Pray the plans of the enemy will fail
Pray their plans will end quickly crushing their ego
VERSE 9
Let the evil intentions of the wicked fall on their own head
Let their evil words take hold of them
VERSE 10
Let them fall into a fiery pit
Don’t let them escape
VERSE 11
Don’t let the slander be established
Don’t let the violent remain
VERSE 12-13
Final words of confidence and thanksgiving
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