1 When I to thee my prayer make,
Our Joseph and His seed forseeing the doom of the archers that have shot at them
In this psalm David bemoans the conniving and intrigues of the wicked. It was not the swords and weapons of enemy nations that he was afraid of, but the barbs and vicious strokes of tongues and schemings of those who surrounded him. His enemies were not random in their ungodly attacks upon him, but their plans and purposes were thoroughly researched and worked out. Their thoughts and hearts were deep, their artifices profound and their hearts desperately wicked.
But the bow and arrows of God are greater. Whilst their bitter words were as arrows shot at David, God only needed one arrow, and the wound would be fatal. The tables are turned, God Himself attacks them. Onlookers, whether participators or not, on seeing this wickedness exposed, distanced themselves and feared the Lord.
The providence of God will uncover all the plots of schemers. At such times let us look to Him for preservation, for men shall say all manner of things against us for His Name’s sake. The psalm can be applied to the Lord Jesus, for this was His experience. His person was defamed, but His detractors were defeated.