1Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
3Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
4That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
David, the writer of this psalm was certainly acquainted with enemies, but he also saw, again and again, the hand of God actively delivering him from the schemes of the wicked. That did not necessarily mean, however, that he was unaffected by the threats of his enemies. David understood the very real threat to his own effectiveness if he allowed his fears to rule his thoughts and life.
Sadly, it does not seem to take Satan much effort at all to fill our hearts and lives with fear and thereby to keep us from living and serving the God we love. We think far too much of what the world considers right and proper, and are far too willing to keep from doing things that might cause others to laugh at us or to ridicule us. How much more are we stopped from serving the Lord if we perceive that we might actually be in physical danger?
If we think this is not true, we can just look at the state of the world today for verification. Who would have dreamed that God would be so far removed from every day life. God is not allowed in schools, in courts, in public places, and is quickly being removed from the airwaves. Just recently, one of the major satellite providers has removed all Christian programming from their available networks. How could this have happened in such a short amount of time? When Christians allow their fears to keep them from being the salt of the earth, the salt loses its savor, and the worldwide results are devastating!
As is evident in this psalm, the wicked are not afraid.
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun, and he was certainly right. How many times have we read words right out of the Psalms of David that might just have well come from the pages of our daily newspapers?
What is the answer? David knew the answer--the answer was found in God. Just as he prayed, so must we: Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. David's God is our God; just as He continually preserved the life of David, so will He preserve our lives until we have completed the work He has assigned for us to do.
By the grace of God, let us find ourselves willing and determined to spend our lives in the service of the Lord. Nothing we do in this life can have the same lasting effect as the things we do for the Lord. That is why we are here, and that is where we will find the ultimate joy and fulfillment in life.
Solomon summed it up this way: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13b, KJV.
God Bless You,