Psalm 63:9-11 – Protection and Victory

But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.

   They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.
Psalm 63:9-11

This seems an odd way to end our prayers. The specific words are those of a king who has been betrayed and is hiding from enemies. Yet he is confident that his enemies will fall. God will put things right.

 

And there’s a thought for me: 

My confidence and trust are in the God of righteousness.
No thing, no one, plotting my destruction will succeed.

That is the destiny God has planned for His children.

 

When I read these last verses, my mind always goes to the victory of Psalm 18. 

The psalmist — beaten, defeated, feeling the coils of death closing around him — cries out to God.
And 
God comes to his rescue, in a most dramatic way. 

 

But that’s not all God does!

 

He trains us to do war with our enemies, strengthens our arms for battle.
In the end, the enemy is chased down, crushed, ground up like dust and swept into the gutter!

(Read Psalm 18:25-42)

 

Oh, to do battle like that!

 

Train us. Give strength and victory to Your children today, Father, Jesus, Spirit.

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O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.

Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!

I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.

 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.

Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.

But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
    They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.

Psalm 63

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