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Psalm 59:9-17

Prayer of an Innocent Person against Those who Seek His Soul.

V. 9. Because of His strength will I wait upon Thee, rather, “My Strength, will I regard you,” confidently expecting his deliverance; for God is my Defense, his Stronghold in the midst of his enemies. 

V. 10. The God of my mercy shall prevent me, coming to meet him with the fullness of His grace; God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies, those who were lying in wait to murder him. V. 11. Slay them not, lest my people forget, the lesson of their punishment being forgotten with their total removal; scatter them, leading them astray, driving them into the wilderness, by Thy power and bring them down, humbling them before all people, O Lord, our Shield. In this way the fate of the enemies would serve as a continual example of warning. 

V. 12. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, everything they say being sin, blasphemy and slander, let them even be taken in their pride; and for cursing, against God, and lying, against David, which they speak. V. 13. Consume them in wrath, after a protracted miserable existence; consume them, that they may not be, and let them know; find out conclusively, that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth, exercising dominion over His spiritual people wherever believers are found, 1 Sam. 17, 46.

Selah. David, therefore, lifts up the eyes of his spirit and sees the fulfillment of his prayer. 

V. 14. And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog and go round about the city, v. 6, unable to satisfy their hunger, foiled in their attempts to do harm. V. 15. Let them wander up and down for meat, full of disquiet and pain on account of unsatisfied hunger, and grudge if they be not satisfied, remaining all night and watching greedily for food which is not forthcoming. V. 16. But I will sing of Thy power, contrasting his fate with that of the Lord’s enemies; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning, beginning the day with praising God; for Thou hast been my Defense and Refuge in the day of my trouble. 

V. 17. Unto Thee, O my Strength, by whose mighty power he had been delivered, will I sing, with music on the harp; for God is my Defense, his Stronghold and Fortress, and the God of my mercy, who furnished so many evidences of His gracious feeling toward David, many more than he deserved. David’s praise is taken up by all believers, especially on account of their deliverance from the power of their great enemies, Satan, world, and flesh.