Hide me from the scheming of wicked people, from the mob of evildoers.
There are very bad people who have it in their minds to verbally abuse others with lies, gossip, slander, maligning, or cursing. They want to shoot their abusive words at people in an ambush or surprise attack, for maximum damage.
We can pray for God to hide us from them.
You can be visible, popular, or famous; and still ask God to hide you from wicked people and their schemes.
The enemy, Satan, uses people; and people, inspired by the domain of darkness (Col. 1:13) plot evil against other people. We need to maintain a relationship with God, where we have the humility, no matter how successful we are, to ask God to hide us from the plots, schemes, and plans of wicked people.
Being hidden from horrible, wicked people is a good thing. Peter was hidden from Herod, in Acts 12. Obadiah hid prophets in caves (1 Kings 18).
Our Christian lives are now hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). It is a blessing or blessed state, to be hidden in God (Ruth 2:12). Hiding in God is equivalent to resting in God (Ps. 91:1).
Hiding in God is the place of rescue from enemies (Ps. 143:9). Have you learned to rest in God, when you are under attack? Have you learned the principal of not having to clear your name, but let God be your vindicator, judge and arbitrator?
God’s shelter is a place of hiding from all that is said about you: slander, false accusations, malicious gossip, and every verbal abuse (Ps. 31:20). We are in Jesus hands (Jn. 10:28). We are God’s treasure, his jewels, that are hidden in him (Mal. 3:17).
Being hidden is also to not be glorious to the world, in the world’s eyes, but to be obscure (Jn. 5:41) and getting glory by being hidden with Christ in God (Jn. 5:44, Col. 3;3).
The whole of the matter or the rest of the story, as told by Psalm 64, the text, “Hide me from the schemes of wicked people“, in context is this:
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.
God, hear my voice when I complain:
- “Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.”
- “Hide me from the scheming of wicked people.”
- “From the mob of evildoers.”
- “Who sharpen their tongues like swords.”
- “And aim bitter words like arrows.”
- “Shooting from concealed places at the innocent.”
- “They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.”
- They encourage each other in an evil plan.
- They talk about hiding traps and say,
- They devise crimes and say,
- “We have perfected a secret plan.”
- The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
But God will shoot them with arrows;
- Suddenly, they will be wounded.
- They will be made to stumble;
- Their own tongues work against them.
All who see them will shake their heads.
Then everyone will fear and will tell about God’s work.
- For they will understand what He has done.
The righteous one rejoices in the Lord and takes refuge in Him.
All those who are upright in heart will offer praise.
God has a plan. God sees. God hides us and protects us. God deals with people who say and plan horrible things towards his people.
We do not need to vindicate ourselves. If we give in to the need to do so, we will end up spending all our energy on it and also end up down in the mud with our muddy accusers. We need to abide in, hide in the Lord.
Don’t be shocked, surprised, disheartened, or devastated when you are ambushed by verbal attacks. Learn humility and meekness. Learn how to love your enemy (human persons).
Hide in God. Let God protect you and fight for you. Let God vindicate you. Let God be your vindication.
When attacked, go deeper with God. Ask for hiddenness. Face God when verbal attacks come your way.
You will be betrayed, slandered, maligned, maliciously gossiped about, lied to, called names, made fun of, taunted, threatened, cursed, and cussed out. Do you still want to be Jesus’ disciple, Abba’s child? I hope so.
“Come to Jesus, get saved, and you won’t have any more problems”, is not the gospel. You will have more problems, but more solutions, grace, and unspeakable joy in life everlasting that begins now. You will have hope that you didn’t have before. You will peace that you never thought possible.
There are rainbows with the storms and there is rock that you with stand strong on in the storms. Perseverance and contentment will be your way of live in the love of God.
Every negative that comes your way, including horrible people dogging you with verbal abuse; is an opportunity to receive a blessing from God. Being hidden in God is our birthright, part of the whole package in Christ. Every negative should turn us towards God, who provides for his kids.
You have a testimony and you are a testimony to the onlooking world of God’s goodness. You are an epistle, a letter, a story about God’s redemption that is ongoing. “Let me tell you what God has done and is doing in my life.”
God does “show and tell” through our lives, as examples or what he does and who he is. There is a time in the future when everyone will bow to God (Is. 45:23, Rom. 14:11, Phil. 2:10). God is in the process, about the business, of encouraging people to come to that place, now, in this life; through his work in our lives.