Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbours,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
O LORD, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.
Comment: This reminds me of Jesus discussing with His followers about the risks of being hated. And I guess it is a risk that all who choose to be different run. In this Psalm so far, as seen over the last two days, David has confessed his trust in God, but been honest enough to be honest about his problems. Today one of the very significant words is ‘plot’. David’s enemies are seeking to destroy him by ignoring him, speaking about him behind his back, and even plotting murder. This obviously plays depressingly on his mind. But, and good on him, he sticks with God and pleads for self preservation and for God to deal appropriately with the wickedness of his attackers. There certainly is a glimmer of faith and hope for him. He clings onto the thought that God is really God, and will act appropriately. The Psalm continues a further stage tomorrow!
Prayer: There are ups and downs in life, Father. Thank You for travelling with me!