1 My God, deliver me from those
2 Do thou deliver me from them
3 For, lo, they for my soul lay wait:
4 They run, and, without fault in me,
5 Awake therefore, Lord God of hosts,
6 At ev'ning they go to and fro;
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth,
8 But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them,
10 He of my mercy that is God
11 Them slay not, lest my folk forget;
12 For their mouth's sin, and for the words
13 In wrath consume them, them consume,
14 At ev'ning let thou them return,
15 And let them wander up and down,
16 But of thy pow'r I'll sing aloud;
17 O God, thou art my strength, I will
The Righteous One’s appeal against apostate Israel, to the Lord’s might and mercy
David, as a son-in-law, is the subject of Saul’s jealousy and malice. His own home is not secure, but constantly watched by spies and conspirators as the title informs us. This vendetta was pursued, not because David had sinned or done wickedly, for indeed he protests his innocence. Things were said of him slanderously and subtly in order to defame him. The enemy, who was of the same nation and even family, had swords in their lips, stabbing, wounding, and destroying his character.
How grieving it is when men do not speak frankly and honestly, even in the church. It is best at such times to be wise in our reactions and avoid their intrigue, and betake ourselves to God as David did. He looked to God as his defence, and called Him, “The God of my mercy.” If the backbiters are strong and belch out their lies, God is stronger and will put them to confusion.
It is reminiscent of our Lord’s experience, of which we are told that the Pharisees, “watched Him,” and sought to kill Him.