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David’s life was often threatened, but he was confident that the Lord would be with him and with all His believing children.

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ESV Text: Psalm 64

Psalm 64 (Listen)

Hide Me from the Wicked

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.


64:1   Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
    preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
  Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
    from the throng of evildoers,
  who whet their tongues like swords,
    who aim bitter words like arrows,
  shooting from ambush at the blameless,
    shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
  They hold fast to their evil purpose;
    they talk of laying snares secretly,
  thinking, “Who can see them?”
    They search out injustice,
  saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
    For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.


  But God shoots his arrow at them;
    they are wounded suddenly.
  They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
    all who see them will wag their heads.
  Then all mankind fears;
    they tell what God has brought about
    and ponder what he has done.


10   Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD
    and take refuge in him!
  Let all the upright in heart exult!

(ESV)


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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 64:

     1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: 3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: 4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? 6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

     7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. 8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. 9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing. 10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 513 :
Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Troubled

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

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1. Art thou weary, art thou troubled, 
Art thou sore distressed? 
“Come to Me,” saith One, “and, coming, 
Be at rest.” 

2. Hath He marks to lead me to Him 
If He be my Guide? 
“In His feet and hands are wound-prints, 
And His side.” 

3. Hath He diadem, as Monarch, 
That His brow adorns? 
“Yea, a crown, in very surety, 
But of thorns.” 

4. If I find Him, if I follow, 
What His guerdon here? 
“Many a sorrow, many a labor, 
Many a tear.” 

5. If I still hold closely to Him, 
What hath He at last? 
“Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, 
Jordan passed.” 

6. If I ask Him to receive me, 
Will He say me nay? 
“Not till earth and not till heaven 
Pass away.” 

7. Finding, following, keeping, struggling, 
Is He sure to bless? 
“Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, 
Answer, Yes.”