Psalm 64 is a powerful and moving piece of scripture. It speaks to the deep and abiding faith that can only come from trusting in God, no matter the circumstance. As reformed christians, it’s important for us to take time to reflect on the words of this chapter and consider what they mean for us today. Let’s dive into Psalm 64 and explore its meaning.
The Context of Psalm 64
Psalm 64 is part of an early collection of psalms known as the Korahite Collection (Psalms 42–49, 84–88). These psalms were likely associated with the descendants of Korah, who was a Levite who served in the Temple in Jerusalem during King David’s reign. The psalms are generally attributed to David himself, although some Bible scholars suggest that they may have been written by other authors.
The Words of Psalm 64
The first verse starts by acknowledging that all praise belongs to God, and continues by asking him to “harden not your heart.” This suggests that the speaker is familiar with God’s ways—they know that he has a tendency towards mercy and grace—but are asking him not to forget them in their time of need. The next few verses express fear at the thought of enemies plotting against them, but also trust in God’s power and protection.
The last two verses speak directly about how these enemies will be punished for their wrongdoings, but in a surprisingly gracious way: “Let them be put to shame and confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me!” While we may feel hatred or anger towards those who have wronged us, this passage reminds us that true justice comes from God alone, not from us.
Psalm 64 provides an important reminder for all reformed christians—trust in God no matter what your situation may be. We live in an ever-changing world filled with uncertainty, but if we remain faithful to Him He will guide our path through even the most difficult times. So take heart; remember these words when you are feeling discouraged or afraid…God is always there for you!