Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.
7 O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
Often, when people hurt us, we see only the person not the evil one who is working behind the scenes to cripple and destroy us. Ephesians reminds us that we “wrestle not with flesh and blood” but against dark powers, a roaring lion seeking to devour God’s children.
Miraculously, God turns the very thing intended to cause us pain into a blessing. Isaiah 28:28 reminds us that “Grain is crushed, though one certainly does not thresh it forever,” only until it is ready to be used to nourish others. Trials endured give us a testimony to encourage others who walk behind us on the path of life.
The promise is that God will “cover our heads” when attacks come. To me that is a reminder that He will help us deal with thoughts of anger, self-pity, the desire for revenge or any other dark thinking. We must trust that He is always with us, alway bringing good out of intended evil.
Look at Joseph. Attacked by his brothers, they did the unthinkable and sold him as a slave. But as Joseph said many years later, God took the evil that was intended and brought good out of it.
Librarian, Mt View, Hawaii