1Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
2Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
3They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
(Psalm 140:1-3, King James Version)
In Psalm 140, the Psalmist cried, "Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man." The difficulty in our 21st century world is, how does one define evil? Who is the counterpart of the evil man as described in Psalm 140?
The Psalmist describes the evil man in four ways.
1. Which imagine mischiefs in their heart.
2. Continually are they gathered together for war.
3. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent.
4. Adders' poison is under their lips.
Clearly, he is not speaking of his next door neighbor, but rather he is speaking of the enemies of Israel. At least, that is our first thought, but he may actually be speaking of his own leaders! We joke about lawyers and politicians, but sadly, we have come to expect our politicians to lack candor when they speak to us. We just assume that they will tell us what we want to hear, but they will not necessarily feel the need to do what we want them to do.
In a world of secrecy and political espionage, we, as the common person really do not know what goes on between the governments of this world. More than ever, we as believers need to be praying, "Lord, deliver me from evil."
Actually, in our culture, no truly Christian nation even exists. Oh, there are those who profess to pray and seek guidance from God, but their actions are more like those described in Psalm 140. Gone are those who stolidly stand upon the Word of God, refusing to bow their knees to the gods of this age.
What are we, as Christians to do? We are to do exactly what the Psalmist is doing. We need to pray, "Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man." As we see the principles of God's Word being questioned and compromised in the churches of our land, we need to pray that God's people will be faithful to His Word. Most of all, we need to pray that God will keep us faithful to His Word, for the teachings of the Bible are not optional.
God has taught us the right principles we need to follow to rule and govern our lives. It is our responsibility to know this Word He has given to us and, by His grace, to pray for grace to be obedient to what we read and study from His Word. That presumes, of course, that we actually do read and study His Word.
One has to wonder what would happen to one's country if the true believers would turn away from the pleasures and delights of this world and commit themselves to the words of God spoken to King Solomon:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, King James Version)
Deliver us, O Lord, from evil men!
God Bless You,