A prayer for God's protection from a band of confident conspirators.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st. 4 = vv. 6-7
st. 5 = vv. 8-9
st. 6 = vv. 9-10
As in many prayers of the psalms, the psalmist's enemies' chief weapon is an evil and vicious tongue. Curses, lies, threats, and plots in those days could dethrone kings more effectively than brandished spears and drawn swords. And only God could protect against the tongue's deadly arrows.
So the psalmist turns to God for safety (st. 1), identifying the enemies' tongues as their weapons–like arrows shot from ambush (st. 2)–and marking their plots and intrigue as their mode of operation (st. 3). Confident that God will shoot the conspirators with his own arrows (st. 4) and turn their tongues against them (st. 5), the psalmist proclaims that the saints (of all times) will praise and rejoice in the LORD "for his protecting care" (st. 6).
Largely unrhymed, this versification was altered from The Book of Psalms for Singing (1973).
Expressions of confidence in God's saving power in the face of persecution or slander; expressions of solidarity with those who are persecuted.
Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed SCHMÜCKE DICH for Franck's text and first published the tune as a setting for Franck's first stanza in Geistliche Kirchen-Melodien. The tune name is the incipit of the original German text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used this tune in his Cantata 180; he and many other…
Display Title: Hear My Voice, O God, in My CompaintFirst Line: Hear my voice, O God, in my complaintTune Title: WINDHAMMeter: 99 99Scripture: Psalm 64Date: 1987Subject: Enemies & Persecution | ; Temptation & Trial | ; Afflictions |Source: The Book of Psalms for Singing, 1975, alt.
Display Title: Hear My Voice, O GodFirst Line: Hear my voice, O God, in my complaintTune Title: SCHMÜCKE DICHMeter: 126.96.36.199.D.Scripture: Psalm 64Date: 2018Subject: Adversaries | ; Persecution | ; Protection | ; Rewards | ; Punishment of Wicked |Source: The Book of Psalms for Singing, 1973; alt.