Psalm 140: Deliverance from Enemies

How dangerous is fellowship with evil people? When might it not be dangerous at all?

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Psalm 140:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Deliver me from evil, Lord. Protect me from wicked people, who devise evil plans and join others in stirring up strife.
King James
Psalm 140:1–2 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

Is it possible for the wicked to ever speak the truth? Why?

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Psalm 140:3 Like snakes, they flatter with words that can’t be trusted, their lips concealing their deadly venom. Take time to think about that.
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Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

What motivates cruel and violent people to seek ways to cause others to stumble and fall?

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Psalm 140:4–5 Lord, protect me from the hands of cruel and violent people, who devise any way they can to make me stumble. Arrogant people have laid traps for me, with their cords making a net to ensnare me along the way. Pause to think about that.
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Psalm 140:4–5 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. 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.

What is the difference between saying we are committed to the Lord and actually being committed?

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Psalm 140:6 “Lord,” I said, “you are my God. Hear my prayers for help.”
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Psalm 140:6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.

What does it mean for God to be our “helmet”?

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Psalm 140:7 Lord God, mighty deliverer, you were my helmet, protecting me on the day of battle.
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Psalm 140:7 O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

What schemes do the wicked typically bring against the righteous?

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Psalm 140:8 Don’t let the wicked have their way, Lord. Cause their schemes to fail, lest they proudly continue their attacks. Pause to grasp the importance of these words.
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Psalm 140:8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

For as long as our enemies have not been destroyed, what should we do?

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Psalm 140:9 Let the enemies who surround me be destroyed by the evil they have planned for me.
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Psalm 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

What will cause burning coals to fall upon our enemies?

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Psalm 140:10 Cause burning coals to fall upon them. Bury them in fiery deep pits, never to rise again.
Romans 12:20 If your enemy is hungry, prepare a feast for him. If he is thirsty, give him your best wine. Your generosity will amaze him—as much a shock as coals of fire being poured upon his head—and God will reward you.
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Psalm 140:10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Why do people listen to evil speech? What would lead the not to listen?

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Psalm 140:11 Don’t let evil speech find a platform anywhere on Earth, but bring down wicked people with disaster.
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Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

If people are still poor and oppressed, how can we be sure God will defend them?

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Psalm 140:12 I know, Lord, that you will defend the oppressed and meet the needs of the poor.
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Psalm 140:12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

How righteous must we be to live in God’s presence?

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Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous will proclaim the greatness of your name, giving thanks, and will live in your presence.
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Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.