Psalm 58 Outline
– David rebuked King Saul for acting unjustly (Psalm 58:1-5)
– David prayed that God destroy the power of King Saul (Psalm 58:6-8)
– David praised God as a just God (Psalm 58:9-11)
Psalm 58 Summary
In Psalm 58:1-5, David is probably referring to King Saul. He rebuked King Saul for acting unjustly towards the people. He condemned King Saul is wicked, going astray from God’s way, and tell lies. He described King Saul as evil as a poisonous snake, who is stubborn to listen and obey God’s commandments, like the adder snake, that is deaf and will not respond to the charmer no matter how skillful he is.
In Psalm 58:6-8, David prayed that God destroy the power of King Saul, like tearing out the teeth of a lion and make him and his followers disappear, like water that flow away and slug that melt away as it move along.
In Psalm 58:9-11, David praised God as a just God, who reward the righteous and punish the wicked. God help the righteous to avenge their enemies.
Psalm 58 Bible Study
1. Don’t take revenge on your enemies
David did not take revenge on his enemies himself but he tell it to God about his problem and he asked God to help him avenge the enemies. Taking revenge against your enemies is wrong. We must love everyone including our enemies with God’s love. In Luke 6:27, but I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. In Matthew 5:44, but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. In Romans 12:14, bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. In Romans 12:19-21, dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 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.Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Â Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.