Psalms 64

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 [a]Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see it[b] ?”
6 They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
7 But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.
10 The righteous will rejoice in the LORDand take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!

Psalms 64 Commentary

Chapter 64

Prayer for deliverance. (1-6) The destruction of the wicked, encouragement to the righteous. (7-10)

Verses 1-6 The psalmist earnestly begs of God to preserve him from disquieting fear. The tongue is a little member, but it boasts great things. The upright man is the mark at which the wicked aim, they cannot speak peaceably either of him or to him. There is no guard against a false tongue. It is bad to do wrong, but worse to encourage ourselves and one another in it. It is a sign that the heart is hardened to the greatest degree, when it is thus fully set to do evil. A practical disbelief of God's knowledge of all things, is at the bottom of every wickedness. The benefit of a good cause and a good conscience, appears most when nothing can help a man against his enemies, save God alone, who is always a present help.

Verses 7-10 When God brings upon men the mischiefs they have desired on others, it is weight enough to sink a man to the lowest hell. Those who love cursing, it shall come upon them. Those who behold this shall understand, and observe God's hand in all; unless we do so, we are not likely to profit by the dispensations of Providence. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord; not glad of the misery and ruin of their fellow-creatures, but glad that God is glorified, and his word fulfilled, and the cause of injured innocence pleaded effectually. They rejoice not in men, nor in themselves, nor in any creature, or creature enjoyments, nor in their wisdom, strength, riches, or righteousness; but in Christ, in whom all the seed of Israel are justified and glory, and in what he is to them, and has done for them.

Cross References 18

  • 1. Psalms 142:2; Psalms 55:2
  • 2. Psalms 140:1
  • 3. S Exodus 1:10
  • 4. Psalms 56:6; Psalms 59:2
  • 5. S Psalms 55:21; Isaiah 49:2
  • 6. S Psalms 7:13; S Psalms 58:7
  • 7. S Job 9:23; Psalms 10:8; Psalms 11:2
  • 8. S Psalms 55:19
  • 9. Psalms 91:3; Psalms 119:110; Psalms 140:5; Psalms 141:9
  • 10. S Job 22:13; Psalms 10:11
  • 11. S Psalms 59:12; Psalms 9:3; Proverbs 18:7
  • 12. S 2 Kings 19:21; Psalms 109:25; Psalms 22:7
  • 13. S Deuteronomy 28:37
  • 14. S Psalms 40:3
  • 15. Jeremiah 51:10
  • 16. S Job 22:19
  • 17. Psalms 11:1; Psalms 25:20; Psalms 31:2
  • 18. Psalms 32:11

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 64:1-10 is numbered 64:2-11.
  • [b]. Or "us"

Chapter Summary

Psalms 64 Commentaries