Psalm 55 9 Meaning

Psalm 55 9 Meaning

We all know in our heart of hearts that fleeing isn’t really the ultimate solution to any of our problems. It might be necessary to keep you alive! But it doesn’t solve any deep issues.

And that’s why when we’re betrayed by others and especially when this results in us wanting to run away, we need to humbly demand to the Lord that he frustrate the plans of those who have made themselves our enemies – like David did in verses 9-11.

9 {Destroy/Confuse/Confuse them/Confuse the wicked}, O Lord,
{and divide their tongues/frustrate their plans/confound their speech}:

for I {have seen/see} violence and {strife/conflict} in the city.

10 Day and night they {go about/go around/walk around/prowl about} {it upon the walls thereof/upon her walls/on its walls}:
{mischief also/And iniquity/while wickedness/malice} and {sorrow/mischief/destruction/abuse} are {in the midst of it/in her midst/within it}.

11 {Wickedness/Destruction/Disaster/Destructive forces} {is/are/are at work} {in the midst thereof/in her midst/within it/in the city}:
{deceit/oppression/violence/threats} and {guile/deceit/lies} {depart not/do not depart} from {her streets/its public squares}.

So, in David’s case really only the first part of verse 9 is him demanding that God frustrate the plans of his enemies.

The rest of verse 9 and then verses 10 and 11 are all him personifying vices and speaking of them taking up residence in the city of Jerusalem. In David’s mind, it’s as if Commander Violence and Lieutenant Strife are walking around on the city walls. Sergeant Mischief and Colonel Sorrow are in the midst of the city. Corporeal Wickedness is also there. Major Deceit and Private Guile don’t leave that city – as the literal men in this city are seeking to destroy David.

So, these people who are attacking David – they were apparently fueled by an initial betrayal from one man against David and now they’re all involved in attacking him.

And so, just like at the Tower of Babel where all sorts of people got together to thwart God’s plans and God confused their language to thwart them, so too now David is asking the Lord to confuse the plans of these people who are against him.

And that’s what you want when folks are against you. You want the Lord himself to protect you. And one way he can do this is by stirring your enemies up against each other. Then they stop attacking you!

So, do feel free to demand that God frustrate the plans of those who are opposed to you for no good reason.


  1. Andrea Alleva says:

    I am totally blessed by finding this website. I have been under attack by my enemies and these commentaries make it easy for me to understand and pray. Thank you so much for putting these scripture verses on the internet. I am praying them daily and seeing our Lord Jesus answer them! Blessings in abundance!


  2. Cara says:

    Grateful to have stumbled across this. My “enemies” right now are my teenage children-I know it is not them personally as I am not fighting flesh but instead the powers of darkness of the real enemy working through them right now. Oh how it hurts!!! But I will stand strong in HIS strength and cry out for the Lord to frustrate the plans of the enemy against my family. He is able!! Light will always overcome darkness-AMEN!!
    It is helpful to know that even a powerful man like David was tempted to just run away from it all (I often have thoughts that my unbelieving family would be better off without me and I just want to run away from the opposition). But God provides reminders (like this website today!) that a better choice is to stay and depend on Him, trusting that He will do great things in this storm. Thank you Jesus!!!


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