Psalm 140, David's Exile.
Could not work out why I was drawn to singular and to plural and from plural to singular, in the last study...
Until I came to this study..
This psalm begins with a singular - with "evil man" to "violent men"and so it begins to make more sense now...
Now lets look at some background as David is forced into exile... in this Psalm
And so Davids own son [Absalom] launches a coup against David and David goes on the run, and we find all this in the book of 2 Samuel .
Now at this time [and now we see the culmination of the previous studies - leading up to this crescendo]
Shimei Curses David in 2 Samuel 16:7-8 ...
To add further insult Absolam sleeps with Davids concubines... but later absolam is killed and the coup is overthrown.
And so whether the man mentioned at the beginning of Psalm 140 is Absolam or Saul or Doeg is not the question - but rather David begins the psalm with a singular and David is on run and in exile.
Now these were enemies of God, coming up against David [In other words they were people who stood in the way of God's Will]
It must have seemed as if "all things were against David at this time - whether from inside his own family or from his own people or from other natons / neigbours] who sought war . [against what God had established]
This is where the Psalm is coming from and through it all, we see that it is embedded in the eight Psalms of the praises of David.
Here the enemy "satan" and his hordes are desperate to fraught God's plans and will use people to do this [thereby you read "we do not pray against people but spirritual forces "behind the people"
satan will come with a force and come from many places at once [as we see with David - here]
Now David comes up against his enemies in this Psalm by going to God
Another view and from another place
Through this you may suggest that an evil man is loved of God and of course we are all loved of God - now look at 1 Samuel 22:18 The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests." So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.
This is King Saul ordering the death of Priests before God.
Getting in the way of God's purposes - but not His soveriegn Will - as this cannot be changed by us [humans]
This is why God hides Himself - and is invisible.,,, obviously, God is above our will - but our will desires to be above God - hence the discrepancy.
Hence I am afraid there were and are enemies of God - unfortunately -believe it or not.
David is taken out of his comfort zone and left to wander and run [at this point I see a vision of a person afraid and on his own, I hear his panting and breathing, I see his fears and he is running [ as before a multitude] but he feels alone.
[I see a person that wants his home and what he is used to - yet he is exiled - without his consent or will and the life difficulties are leading hm away from what he knows and to an exile that he does not want.]
God is also showing me that this will be seen - at a time in the future ]
Now I want to merge this study for some reason with Psalm 139 and with this post a video/
In Psalm 140:4-11 we come back to the imprecatory prayers again which do not just exist in the Holy Spirit inspired Old Testament, but also continue on into the New Testament.
As with Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
An example of a prophetic imprecatory scripture can be found in Psalm 69:25 May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents and Psalm 109:8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
This is again penned and remembered with Acts 1:20 For, said Peter, it is written in the Book of Psalms. May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it and, May another take his place of leadership - concerning Judas and others of office . See : Acts 1:18 - where the prophetic scripture is revealed. This is just one imprecatory example.
As God is everywhere at once [omnipresent] and has all knowledge, knowing everything, [omniscient] David in the Psalms can pen the very words of God 1 Peter 4:11 .
Here we see scripture being inspired by God speaking into the future through David about Judas who was yet to be born...
Here God speaking through David [a type of Christ] can speak "not as Christ spoke" as in Luke 23:34, Matthew 5:44,
Because here even Jesus Himself [in flesh] had given his will to the Father Luke 22:42
"Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done."
But rather God/ the Holy Spirit spoke through these imprecatory prayers, to speak of a future/past/present/ time - when God would judge.
And so David is exiled "by his own enmemies" whether family or foe, as both were involved as well as "the one man" [be that spiritaul forces - or the enemy as in satan] being the catalyst to the events - but working through people [even those nearest to us]
Here David is attacked from all sides and pray's a prophetic prayer against "the enemy" which is later revealed in history to be the one who will be destroyed - but furthermore, the ones who are used and deployed will come to an end and are already known of by God.
Here again I am reminded of Psalm 139, where God is everywhere and all knowing, the great time traveller, as He is before time and after time [living outside of time].
Here God knows our comings and goings, our wakings and our restings, indeed all the days of our lives, even before any of them came to be..... Psalm 139:16.
Now look at Psalm 140:4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
See how close this is to Psalm 139 and our comings and goings ..
Now to end the Psalm David speaks of the Righteous, in the Lord - Psalm 140:12-13 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name: the upright shall dwell in your presence.
And so the implicatons here in this Psalm is that - the evil person will find his acts come back upon himself/herself/ this is the person who will not turn [as with Pharoah of egypt - who hardened himself against God - so that his actions came upon himself and his armies [note singular to plural]
God used this situation - to save His people - and drown the enemy. [here being egypt oppressing the hebrew people]
The righteous person however "the person who seeks God's will" finds the result of God's actions upon his life "the Son"
The people were now saved from their bondage yet tested at meribah Exodus 17:7
Tested at many stages of their journey as in Exodus 32:34 Therefore now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you: behold, my Angel shall go before you: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin on them.
The chosen people now worshipped a created angel [god] and the uncreated God was angry. [they had worshipped the golden calf]
Here the chosen people worshipped the golden calf at the foot of the moutain where God was speaking to Moses and they lost their lives ... for the anger of the Lord burnt out against the people - and Moses begs God to spare the people.
Jesus was working within God's Will and although David was a type of Christ - this is where the typology ends...
Psalms 140:10. Let burning coals fall upon them, as on Sodom. For upon the wicked he shall rain snares of fire and brimstone
I want to jump back to Psalm 7 and specifically Psalm 7:11-15 God is a righteous judge. God shows his anger every day. 12 If he does not change his mind he will make his sword sharp. He will bend his bow and make it ready. 13 He will prepare weapons of death for bad people. He will make ready arrows of fire. 14 Look! The bad man is pregnant with evil. He conceives trouble. He gives birth to false ideas. 15 He digs a hole. He makes it deep. Then he himself falls into the hole that he has made!
Again notice the reference to a "man"
And so David is on the run, exiled and having many who conspire against him.
Here Saul is after david, including members of his own household and doeg, plus many more.
David is remmebering the prophecies and hoping that they might repent, knows that their hearts are leading them to destruction, David here is simply doing "spiritual warfare" as his enemies are making his life and God's plans for his life falter - yet God's plans will still succeed [as God is soveriegn]
There may well be a time when - when you will find yourself praying in God's Will, that may lead you praying against your own will [not just for youself - but your will for other people]
Thankyou Lord God in Jesus name that we can be led into places we do not want to go and into situations we do not want to be in. As You allowed David to be was led into exile by his enemies.
Although we can not always understand the purposes or the reasons or the source of the conflict which may be coming from many places at once - You are Lord and know all about our comings and goings, our rising and resting.
In Jesus name Amen
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