The Psalms of David

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Psalm 64

    (This is) for the music leader.
(It is) a psalm of David.

v1, v2    God, hear my voice as I tell you my troubles. (Then):
        ·    you will make me safe from the enemy that I am afraid of
        ·    you will hide me from the secret ideas of bad people
        ·    you will keep me from *noisy crowds of *evil people.

v3 - v6    (These *evil people):
        ·    make their *tongues sharp *like *swords
        ·    shoot words that hurt *like *arrows

(v4)      ·    shoot from secret places at good people
        ·    shoot when people do not think it will happen

(v5)      ·    are not afraid (when they have done it)
        ·    will not change their *evil ideas
        ·    talk about hiding *traps and say, "Who will see them?"

(v6)      ·    say "Who will find out the *crimes that we have done?"
        ·    say "We have made a plan that nobody will discover!"
     What men think in their *hearts is very deep.

v7      But God will shoot an *arrow at them when they do not think it will happen.
     It will hurt them a lot.

v8      Really, they will destroy themselves with their *tongues!
     All the people that see it will *shake their heads.

v9      Everyone will be afraid and talk about what God has done.
     They will understand what has happened.

v10    Good people will be very happy with the *LORD.
     They will *trust in him.
     Everybody with an honest *heart will *praise (God)!

 The Story of Psalm 64

People were saying bad things about King David. The things that they said hurt David inside as *arrows and *swords would hurt his body. *Arrows and *swords were what people used then to kill their enemies. Their words were *like *arrows and *swords. They hurt his *soul or spirit. We use "soul" and "spirit" for words to describe the part of us that lives when our bodies die. So David told God about his troubles. He said what these bad people were doing. At the end of the psalm he said what God would do. This would make good people be very happy, and *trust God and *praise him. "Trust" means "believe that God would do good things for them".

What Psalm 64 means

Verses 1 and 2: David tells God to "hear my voice". In Hebrew, the word "hear" also means "listen and do something". Because David thought this, he then said what God would do. He would make David safe from the bad people. David was afraid of these people until he prayed to God. After that, he waited for God to shoot back! (See verse 7.)

Some translations leave out the "you will" in verses 1b and 2 but we translate what the Hebrew Bible says.

Verses 3 – 6: David gives us a picture of the bad men. They hide so nobody can see them. They shoot *arrows at people to hurt them. They think that nobody will ever find out what they have done. They did not shoot real *arrows.

"Very deep" at the end of verse 6 probably means "hard to understand". Bible students are not sure if *evil people or David said it. The bad words that they said about David and his friends were *like *arrows that hurt him. But they made sure that nobody knew who said these hurting things! Some translations have "Who will see us" in verse 5. The Hebrew has "Who will see them", meaning the *traps they had hidden to catch good men in.

Verses 7 – 10: Again, shooting with a bow and *arrow is only a picture. We must not think of God shooting these *evil men with his bow and *arrow! Just as their *arrows are words, so God’s *arrows are words. But because God is so powerful, what God says will happen. He does not need *arrows. As Luke said about Jesus, "His word was with power" (Luke 4:32). The Hebrew word in verse 10 is not "good people" but "*righteous people". They are the people that love, serve and obey God. You can read about what "righteous" means after Psalm 5 (in Psalms 1-41).

Something to do

Think about the Simeon's words at the top of the psalm. Because people wanted to hurt Jesus, they would hurt Mary his mother too. And because people could not hurt God, they hurt his servant David instead!

A *Harvest Song

Psalm 65

Jesus took bread and he thanked (God). He broke it and gave it to (his friends). He said, "This is my body that I am giving for you. Do this to remember me". In the same way, he also gave them the (wine) cup after supper. He said, "This cup is the new agreement in my blood. (Men) will pour out my blood for you". (Luke 22:19-20) (Other words for agreement are "covenant" and "testament".)

Psalm 65

     (This is) for the music leader.
  (It is) a psalm of David, a song.

v1      *Silence is *praise to you, God, in Zion.
     And we will keep our promises to you.

v2      You are the One that Hears *Prayer.
     To you every man and woman should come.

v3      My *sins are too heavy for me.
     You (only) can take away (the bad results of) our *disobedience.

v4      The man that you choose will be very happy.
     You will bring him near and he will go into your *courts.
     We will have plenty of good things in your house, in your *holy *temple.

v5      You answer us by doing things that are *righteous,
       (but) they make us afraid.
     You are the God that saves us.
     You are the hope of people from the ends of the earth and far away seas.

v6      You are so strong that you made the mountains.
     Everything that you do shows how powerful you are.

v7      You stop the seas from being angry, so that the waters make no noise.
     You do the same with people.

v8      Those that live far away see the great things that you have done.
     It makes them afraid.
     Where morning starts and evening finishes (they) shout for *joy (to you).

v9      You care for the land.
     You send rain on it and you make the ground grow good plants.
     The rivers of God are full of water.
     They give people *grain because that is how you prepared (the land).

v10    Pour water on the land where the plough was. This will make it flat.
     Let the rain make the ground soft. (Then) it will grow good (plants).

v11    The best part of the year is when you give us good things.
     Everywhere you go there is plenty.

v12    The fields in wild places pour out good things.
     All over the hills there is plenty.

v13    The fields are full of sheep. The valleys are full of *grain.
     (They seem) to shout and sing for *joy!

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