You know why this world is such a mess? Because people love a wrong god. They make themselves their own gods, according to their own likeness. We could say that they themselves want to be God...
And that is our problem, which the Bible reveals to us and the Bible can correct it - but it is harsh to listen to such a diagnosis and because of that, so many people are never cured and moreover, when reading the Bible, we tend to ascribe properties of God, Jesus and good people to ourselves and properties of the wicked to others and even to God. In that way we never realize that WE are sick and that WE need the doctor, the Saviour. Millions of people read Bible in this way but that is not how the Bible is to be read.
The truth is, that we are wicked... Yes, others are too, but when we read the Bible, it speaks to us!
So when singing this Psalm, one should find himself in the description of the wicked... and Jesus in the description of the righteous.
But sometimes Christians, who have already accepted the Lord Jesus, may sing this Psalm, when they are persecuted because of their love toward Jesus, the Bible and people and this is their prayer to the Lord... when they are hurt and sad because of so much evil in this world.
verse 4: "That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. "
This are we and our society... We don't fear the consequences of doing harm to others...
verse 5: "They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?"
So, so true... If you want to do something, which is right with the Lord - it is almost impossible to do it - people will oppose you, but if you want to do something which is bad, if you want to do evil things - everyone supports you in one way or another. Who shall see them? Well, God sees them and even I see them and it hurts my heart... I can't wait to be with them!
verse 6: "They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep."
We can understand this verse in a couple of different ways. I would like to give only one explanation of this verse, the way I understand it. People know evil and are quite experts in doing it and those things are situated deep within their hearts. New age religions and even major part of "churchianity" are saying that deep inside - we are good persons, that bad things are only on the surface of our hearts, that the evil things are like a dust on our hearts... Well, I know, that on the outside my heart looked polished, but what I had (and have to a certain extent) inside? I have to give the Bible right - even though it hurts... (well, it hurt at that time). Those things are so deep and so hidden, that you are not even aware how evil are you... But God can see and Christians too... I can see - because I know my heart - which was exposed... And if you are telling me: "no, no I am good..." Well, I can show you step by step how good are you... But many people cannot stand it and run away thinking, that ignoring the problem will solve it somehow, someway...
Years ago it hurt me, when I have read Jesus words (Matthew 7:3-5):
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
When I read this, I knew I am hypocrite and it hurt me... But now? There is no more beam in my own eye - he had removed it, but there is still some small mote, that is true... But I can see more clearly now and maybe I can be of some help to people with beams and motes in their eyes :)
And yes - how wonderful it is - have you noticed, how Jesus is addressing such people? Such people, who read the Bible as a righteous guy or woman, who don't see the beam in their own eye but see mote in the eyes of others? Hypocrites! But that is a curable diagnosis, disease - he can cure it :)
verse 7: "But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded."
This happens, when we die... be it as Christians, who die when accepting Jesus, being baptized, buried with Christ (Rom 6:3-4: "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death...") and others die, when their body stops to function. When the body of a Christian stops to function, he falls asleep for God, because he will revive him, wake him up.
But there is also another explanation of this verse... it speaks about the day of the Lord:
Rev 16:15 "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."
He will come as a thief - majority of people will not know it... Jesus is telling us this in Luke 17:26-33:
"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Remember Lot's wife.
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it."
This message is written throughout the whole Bible, but people don't get it...
verse 8: "So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away."
I have quoted Matthew 7:3... What about Matthew 2? It is telling us the same thing:
"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
The same message is in Pro 26:27: "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."
And about the second part:
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh."
In Mark 9:41-48 Jesus is saying similar thing: "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."
And there are many more verses describing this event even more precisely.
verse 9: "And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing."
Finally :) For now people don't fear God - God is the last person to be feared in their eyes and they don't consider his doings... He is not so much important to them. They are important, they and their pathetic and vain works... Well, things will change :)
verse 10: " The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory."
Happy end... and this invokes in us wish: the Lord, make me righteous too :)
With this in mind and heart, we can desire such thing, we can sing Psalm 51 and pray to the Lord, asking him:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me."