Thoughts on Psalm 64
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
…..preserve my life from the dread enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
…..from the scheming of evildoers,
3 who whet their tongues like swords,
…..who aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless;
…..they shoot suddenly and without fear.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
…..they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see us?
…..6 Who can search out our crimes?
We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.”
…..For the human heart and mind are deep.
7 But God will shoot his arrow at them;
…..they will be wounded suddenly.
8 Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;
…..all who see them will shake with horror.
9 Then everyone will fear;
…..they will tell what God has brought about,
…..and ponder what he has done.
10 Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him.
…..Let all the upright in heart glory.
Sometimes the prayer of the psalm is not our prayer. Sometimes we are not the persecuted victim. Sometimes we are not the grieving penitent. Sometimes we are not the anguished sufferer.
Yet we read the words. We pray them. We know that they speak for someone. We know, indeed, that they speak for many. They are the voice of Christ in his flesh. And they are the voice of Christ in the needy.
So we pray them. And as we pray, though we may not feel it, their cry becomes our cry, their sorrow our sorrow, their hope our hope.
As we pray, we are joined with those who are victimized. We are joined with those who cry for justice. We are joined with Christ.
It is not our prayer. But it is someone’s prayer. And so we pray with them. And we are changed.
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