Read: Psalm 64; Esther 3, 7
Spurgeon in his Treasury of David writes, “This psalm is applied by R. Obadiah to Haman and Mordecai. The enemy is Haman, the perfect man shot at is Mordecai; about whom Haman communed with his friends to lay snares for him, and search diligently for occasions against him and his people, which issued in his own destruction.”
Think About It: What are the parallels between Psalm 64 and the story of Haman and Mordecai? From a human viewpoint, what hope did Mordecai and the Jews have of deliverance? How did God provide deliverance?
Prayer: That I might see my fears in the light of God’s ability to provide deliverance.
Read: Psalm 64; Daniel 6
Spurgeon also refers this Psalm to Daniel’s experience: “The ancient Midrash of the Jews applies it to Daniel, when cast into the den of lions. . .David, by a spirit of prophecy, foresaw it, and prayed for him who was of his seed . . . Daniel is the perfect man aimed at; the enemy are the princes of Darius’s court, who consulted against him, communed of laying snares for him, and gained their point, which proved their own ruin.”
Think About It: What are the parallels between Psalm 64 and the story of Daniel and the lion’s den? How did God provide deliverance to Daniel? What are the similarities and differences between Daniel’s deliverance and the deliverance of Mordecai and the Jews?
Prayer: For greater faith and trust in God’s power to deliver me from evil.
Read: Psalm 64; Isaiah 53:7 – 12
Arthur Pridham, in Notes and Reflections on the Psalms, observes, “. . .how aptly a portion of this Psalm applies to the suffering Truth Himself in the days of his affliction, when, pierced in His spirit by lying words, He endured the contradiction of sinners against Himself.”
Think About It: What are the parallels between Psalm 64 and the history of Jesus and His enemies? How did God provide deliverance to Jesus? Does deliverance always mean escape from suffering?
Prayer: For the strength to endure persecution and suffering for the sake of Christ and the Gospel.
Read: Psalm 64; 2 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Timothy 4:18; 2 Peter 2:9
Arthur Pridham also applies this Psalm to the experience of every believer as “. . .a cry of God’s elect, when persecuted for righteousness’ sake, to their Deliverer and sure Avenger. The general principle stated is very clear. The Psalm will adjust itself, as an experimental utterance, to the lips of Christian faith wherever brought into contact with the evil forces of the prince of this world, so as to suffer affliction for the gospel’s sake; for it expresses the condition and the hope of one actually imperilled for the truth.” (The word “experimental” as used by Pridham in the 19th century sense means “experiential.”)
Think About It: Have I ever been persecuted for righteousness’ sake? What was my response? Did I cry to God for deliverance? Did I experience deliverance?
Prayer: Pray for deliverance from present fears and dangers.
Read: Psalm 64:1; Philippians 4:6 – 7; James 5:13 – 14
Although this psalm might be referred to the experiences of Haman, or Daniel, or Jesus, it is after all a Psalm of David and provides another example of David’s propensity to turn to God in prayer in time of need. Though David was a man of war, his chief weapon was not the sword, but prayer; he used it in every circumstance where he found himself in trouble.
Think About It: What is my chief weapon in times of trouble? Does prayer have to be spoken out loud in order to be heard by God?
Prayer: That I might remember to cry to God when I am in trouble; for prayer to be my primary weapon.
Read: Psalm 64:2 – 6
In Psalm 64:2 – 6 David described wicked men as having specific attributes.
Think About It: What are the attributes of wicked men as described by David? Have I ever been victimized by any of these attributes in others? More to the point, do I have any of these attributes myself?
Prayer: That I might be delivered from my own tendencies towards wickedness.
Read: Psalm 64:7 – 10; Romans 12:19; 2 Corinthians 10:17; Galatians 6:14
David ended Psalm 64 with the message that those who shoot arrows will themselves be shot. The image is similar to those digging a pit falling into it themselves. God’s deliverance will also cause the righteous to rejoice, not in the fall of the wicked, but in the deliverance of the Lord.
Think About It: In what do I rejoice?
Prayer: That my only glorying be in the Lord.