David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 11)

“They will be thrown down on the sword;

they will be a portion for foxes.”

(Psalm 63:11 {Psalm 63:10 in English Bibles})


Not only is David confident in the death of those who seek his life, but he is confident in the ignoble way in which they will die and be left for the scavengers of the field.  The language of being “thrown down” on the sword paints the picture for us of the execution of defeated enemies, forced to their deaths.  And of course, the language of their bodies being a portion for the foxes finishes the picture of dead bodies strewn across the battlefield and left to rot and be eaten by scavenging animals—alone and without the dignity of a proper burial.

Oh, the indignity of the final end of those who persecute God’s own.  Not only is it ruin in this life, but it is ruin in the next.  Beloved, how many people do you know and love that are destined to be a portion for the foxes?  How many people do you regularly interact with who are on the wide path that leads to damnation?  And have you been faithful in showing them that there is another way?  Have you worked, even at cost, to remind them that Christ is the answer to their problems?  Have you warned them that unless they flee to Christ, condemnation is what they will face?  Oh, loved ones, how often we sit idly by while those we care about head for the sword of final judgment.  Friends, take a serious look around you at those whose lives do not reflect a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.  Will you share the good news with them?  They may reject you, forsake you, change the subject, or walk the other way, but if they don’t, and they listen, oh the joy that you will share in seeing one who was destined for destruction experience life!

About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on June 16, 2008, in Expositions and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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