1 Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
they shoot suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see it?”
6 They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;
they will suddenly be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 All people will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.
10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!
“Selah” is a term we see in the psalms. Its meaning is not entirely clear, but one way to understand it is to pause and think about the last verse. Stop and think about it.
When we stop and think about this psalm, we see nature of wicked liars who constantly attack the righteous with false accusations, and plot harm, thinking God doesn’t pay attention.
Then in the last part of the psalm we see assurances that God does see their plots and schemes, and He frustrates them. And He enables His people to take refuge in Him.
Pause and think about that.
For three and a half years now we have seen a relentless series of attacks on President Trump, and on every righteous institution in America. If we don’t commit to trusting God in the midst of this storm of lies, we could easily grow weary or even give up the fight. Instead, let us pause and ponder the promises of God’s protection, and take heart for the long run.