David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 10)

“And those men of ruin, who require my life,

they will go to the lowest parts of the earth.”

(Psalm 63:10 {Psalm 63:9 in English Bibles})

 

Thus, not only does David have the assurance that he may hide behind the strong hand of God for protection, like a small child with his or her parent, but that God will act against those that seek his harm.  He says of those who seek his life, that God will send them to the lowest parts of the earth—the grave—Sheol—as a sign of his judgment against them.  Even in referring to these men, he calls them “men of ruin”—not so much because they are seeking David’s ruin (which they are), but because by seeking the death of God’s anointed king, they are condemning themselves to judgment.  Woe to those who oppose the chosen of God—woe to those who would seek to destroy God’s anointed children!

There is some discussion about the translation of the first clause of this verse.  Many will translate it as “those who seek to ruin my life,” connecting the “ruin” with the work of these men and not the lives of these men.  Yet, the Hebrew system of accent marks (a system designed to bind words together or to separate them) binds these first two words together into one unit—hence, “men of ruin.”

The principle, beloved, is clear.  God will protect and preserve his own.  Oh, how we so often fail to trust in that promise.  Oh, how often we doubt God’s provision for us!  And, loved ones, how often we neglect to remember that promise when we have a dispute with another believer.  Oh, dear friends, let us never forget that the promises that God extends to us are the same promises that He extends to other born-again believers; there is no room for bickering and in-fighting in the house of God.  Beloved, let there be peace.

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