1Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
2Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the throng of evildoers,
3who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,
4shooting from ambush at the blameless,
shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
5They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
6They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep!
7 But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.
8They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
all who see them will wag their heads.
9Then all mankind fears;
they tell what God has brought about
and ponder what he has done.
10Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!
I do not have many real enemies. There are those who have plotted to hurt me and some have even tried to get me out of the ministry. But they are not my greatest threat. My enemy is the enemy of the soul, he who goes about as a roaring lion seeking to devour me; he who dresses up as an angel of light seeking to deceive me.
It is him who I must pray to God about (See verse 1)
And then there is the matter of being one’s own worst enemy. Christians walk into places where they will be tempted. They let themselves get over tired so that their defences are down. They keep things to themselves thereby denying themselves one of the best remedies against sin – the company of other believers, accountability partners.
Consider this in light of verse 7 – If believers are their own worst enemies then it is they who God shoots His arrow at. It is good to be so shot, for it keeps us from falling further and brings us to our senses. He does of course, shoot these arrows at the evil one as well.
The greatest and most powerful arrow is the Gospel itself. The devil will have us fall and then accuse us and say that we are useless servants of Christ. And Jesus, at the right hand of the Father, pleads the merits of His death and resurrection and we are forgiven and the evil one is sent away, once again, without us in his clutches. What a work the Gospel is! What a glory the cross!! What an eternal song we will all sing when our victory is consummated and our enemies are forever banished and we shall serve our Saviour without the sin and doubt and fear and enemies.