David asks God for help against his enemies who have falsely accused him. David curses them and prays against them.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
VERSE 1. God of my praise, don’t remain silent,
don’t remain silent. David assumes that unless he provokes God, God will be silent or perhaps ignore him.
VERSE 2. for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me. They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
they opened . . . they have spoken. The author is writing from firsthand experience. But this also applies, in a prophetic sense, to Jesus Christ.
VERSE 3. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
words of hatred. The crowd eventually hated Jesus Christ.
VERSE 4. In return for my love, they are my adversaries; but I am in prayer.
Romans 12:17. Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.
VERSE 6. Set a wicked man over him. Let an adversary stand at his right hand.
VERSE 7. When he is judged, let him come out guilty. Let his prayer be turned into sin.
judged . . . guilty. Even though he was sinless, Jesus Christ was judged and found guilty.
Acts 1:20. For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his habitation be made desolate. Let no one dwell in it;’ and, ‘Let another take his office.’
VERSE 9. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
VERSE 10. Let his children be wandering beggars. Let them be sought from their ruins.
VERSE 11. Let the creditor seize all that he has. Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor.
VERSE 12. Let there be no one to extend kindness to him, neither let there be anyone to have pity on his fatherless children.
VERSE 13. Let his posterity be cut off. In the generation following let their name be blotted out.
VERSE 14. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by the LORD. Don’t let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
VERSE 15. Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off their memory from the earth;
VERSE 16. because he didn’t remember to show kindness, but persecuted the poor and needy man, the broken in heart, to kill them.
VERSE 17. Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him. He didn’t delight in blessing, and it was far from him.
VERSE 18. He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment. It came into his inward parts like water, like oil into his bones.
VERSE 19. Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself, for the belt that is always around him.
VERSE 20. This is the reward of my adversaries from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my soul.
VERSE 21. But deal with me, the LORD the Lord, for your name’s sake, because your loving kindness is good, deliver me;
VERSE 22. for I am poor and needy. My heart is wounded within me.
VERSE 23. I fade away like an evening shadow. I am shaken off like a locust.
weak through fasting. We believe King David probably fasted often. Fasting is a wonderful companion during our special times of prayer to God. It only for those who are medically capable.
Matthew 6:16-18. Moreover when you fast, don’t be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; 18 so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
VERSE 25. I have also become a reproach to them. When they see me, they shake their head.
VERSE 26. Help me, LORD, my God. Save me according to your loving kindness;
VERSE 27. that they may know that this is your hand; that you, LORD, have done it.
VERSE 28. They may curse, but you bless. When they arise, they will be shamed, but your servant shall rejoice.
VERSE 29. Let my adversaries be clothed with dishonor. Let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
VERSE 30. I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth. Yes, I will praise him among the multitude.
VERSE 31. For he will stand at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul.
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