Passage: Psalm 64 (NIV 2011)
When we think about the things that threaten us, we tend to think about attacks from foreign countries or some random act of violence. We do not always think about or consider the threats that come from those a little closer to home. This psalm talks about the evildoers or wicked people who plot against us. Often their attacks are with words. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear [v. 3-4]. While these attacks may not harm us physically, they can take a serious toll on us in other ways. In addition, it can be really disheartening when we realize, as the psalm indicates, that these evildoers or wicked people gather together… encouraging each other… and collectively work to devise plans to harm us. However, this psalm also tells us that God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn [v. 7-8]. May we remember what God has promised to do for us during these times. He will not forsake or abandon us. May we rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him [v. 10]!