Ps. 64:1-10; 69:1-36
Man is faced by many enemies, both spiritual and physical. The psalmist described the tactics of those physical enemies who seek to do one harm. They hide and plot in secret forgetting that God sees. Their words of slander cut like swords and pierce like arrows. The righteous, however, have God on their side. One person and God make a majority and will ultimately win the battle—either in this life or in the life to come. The righteous shall overcome their enemies as they are defeated by their own schemes.
Metaphors are figures of speech used to describe a similarity between various objects or conditions. They are used extensively in the Scriptures. The psalmist described his suffering as being stuck in deep mire with floods nearly covering him. The occasions of his exile from the armies of Saul, Absalom and others found him in the position of fleeing for his life due to no fault of his own. At other times, he was persecuted because of his faithfulness to God. He acknowledged that he was not sinless. David prayed that his mistakes would not hinder others and for deliverance from the mire in which he was stuck. The scene on Calvary’s cross hundreds of years later was depicted. “They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” The psalmist continued with an outburst of supplication for punishment of the unrighteous. He concluded with a declaration of praise to God and a confidence that He would continue to bless His people.