Psalm Photos – 59 – Sharp

Psalm 59

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.

Deliver me from those who work evil; from the bloodthirsty save me.

Even now they lie in wait for my life; the mighty stir up strife against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,

for no fault of mine, they run and make ready. Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!

You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel. Awake to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah

Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.

There they are, bellowing with their mouths, with sharp words on their lips— for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

But you laugh at them, O Lord; you hold all the nations in derision.

O my strength, I will watch for you; for you, O God, are my fortress.

My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

Do not kill them, or my people may forget; make them totter by your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield.

For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter,

consume them in wrath; consume them until they are no more. Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob. Selah

Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.

They roam about for food, and growl if they do not get their fill.

But I will sing of your might; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Oh how I wish that were true. We have all experienced the pain that words can inflict. The sharpness of what even a few words can inflict. I have experienced this on both sides – words that I have said and things others have said of me. No wonder we read here and in several other places in scripture of how the tongue can destroy and wound so deeply.

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