A Bible Devotion on Psalm 140
Christ Will Cover Your Head
Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
preserve me from violent men,
2 who plan evil things in their heart
and stir up wars continually.
3 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's,
and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah
4 Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net;
beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
6 I say to the Lord, You are my God;
give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
7 O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their evil plot or they will be exalted! Selah
9 As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10 Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
11 Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and will execute justice for the needy.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall dwell in your presence.
Psalm 140, NKJV
In Psalm 140, David again returns to a familiar theme. David was a man of war, and as such was continually bombarded by enemies, sometimes from his own household. As in the past, he continually flees to the Lord for help; he understands that the battle is the Lords!
How important it is for us to understand that, today as well as in David's time, the battle is still the Lord's battle. Why does verse 7 say, You have covered my head in the day of battle?David is explaining that his very life is kept safe by the Lord even in the midst of the battle. We do not have to take the full weight of life upon our shoulders; God is there to cover our head even as He covered David's head.
Verses 12 and 13 summarize Psalm 140, I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence. The Lord maintains our cause; He's not too busy too help us. In a day when true justice is almost unheard of, we have complete confidence that the Lord WILL execute justice on our behalf. Trust in Him; take hold of Him. God will never let you down; He is always there.
The righteous, the true Saints of God, give thanks to the name of the Lord and live in His presence every day! Remember, that even though we still sin, yet because we claim the perfect righteousness of the blood of Christ, we are righteous! Cry out to Christ alone for salvation; He, then, will cover your head from your enemies around you. More importantly, He will cover your head from the Holy, Righteous wrath of God!
Pray that by God's grace you can claim Psalm 140 as your own, and that Christ will cover your head!
More Devotions on the 140th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
Evil, verses 1-3
Keep and Preserve, verses 4-5
Thou Art My God, verses 6-8
Surrounded, verses 9-11
I Know, verses 12-13