The wicked sought out David to kill him. They hide and ambush from their hideouts. Thinking they are immune from danger, they shoot their arrows at the righteous man without fear: “They hold fast to their evil purpose; they talk of laying snares secretly, thinking, ‘Who can see them?’” (64:5) How foolish they are, for God sees them, and he “shoots his arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly” (64:7).
Over and over again, David has to run to the Lord for protection. Over and over again, David’s testimony and counsel is, “Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!” (64:10) There’s our word, again! REFUGE! “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3).
Great God, attend to my complaint,
Nor let my drooping spirit faint;
When foes in secret spread the snare,
Let my salvation be thy care.
Thy justice and thy pow’r display,
And scatter far thy foes away;
While list’ning nations learn thy word,
And saints triumphant bless the Lord. -- Joel Barlow (18th century)