They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.
They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see it?”
They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the human mind and heart are cunning. Psalm 64:3-6
You and I (hopefully) are not able to think like truly evil people. We don’t know what motivates them, what energizes them, or how they think. It is completely foreign to us. We are just on different paths and wavelengths.
However, just because we can’t think like them doesn’t mean they are not in the world. Unfortunately they are in our midst though we haven’t a clue who they are or what they’re thinking, much like we didn’t have too much of a clue when the 19 September 11th hijackers were among us plotting and scheming. Experts are starting to admit that they (sleeper cells) may very well be in 49 states already.
We live in very different times than when this Scripture was written but the truth remains: evil men make evil and fearless plans.
Our prayer then is very clear and succinct and it echoes David’s earlier words:
Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city. Psalm 55:9