This is a prayer for protection against those who wish to deceive others.
Verse 1 – Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Verse 2 – Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity,
Verse 3 – Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows-bitter words,
Verse 4 – That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
We call this; “I got blind-sided!” We didn’t see it, whatever, coming. We usually feel as though we have been sucker-punched. What makes it even worse though, is when it comes from a person we never expect it to come from.
Verse 5 – They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, “Who will see them?”
Verse 6 – They devise iniquities; “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.
One of the most painful attacks from the enemy is when he uses people to scheme against the innocent-the blameless. Rest assured, if you live the Christian life, it will happen. But the truth always prevails. The deception and lies will take place, but God says, “Though the weapons will be formed they will not harm us.” Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. It doesn’t say that the weapons will not be formed. The enemy will come with whatever he can throw at you, but God says it will not accomplish what it set out to do.
Any accusations that come out at us out of nowhere, we are to refuse and rebuke it. Truth always prevails.
Verse 7 – But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly they shall be wounded.
Verse 8 – So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; all who see them shall flee away.
In verse 8, when David says they will stumble over their own tongue, we used to have a saying that gossipers had a long tongue. Their scheme usually back-fires on themselves.
Verse 9 – All men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider His doing.
verse 10 – The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him, and all the upright in heart shall glory.
There’s a really good feeling when we know regardless of what was said or done to us, we did the right thing in our response to it. Don’t let the evil bait you and steal your peace. God upholds His own.