Vs. 150 — They draw near who follow after wickedness; They are far from Your law.
Our spiritual enemies, like David’s earthly persecutors, are ever present and active. The devouring “lion,” or the insinuating “serpent” is “nigh to follow after mischief”; and so much the more dangerous, as his approaches are invisible. Nigh also is a tempting ensnaring world; and nearer still, a lurking world of sin within, separating us from communion with our God. But in turning habitually and immediately to our stronghold, we can enjoy the confidence—“Thou art near, O Lord.” Though “the High and Lofty One, whose name is Holy”—though the just and terrible God, yet art thou made nigh to thy people, and they to thee, “by the blood of the cross.” And thou dost manifest thy presence to them in “the Son of thy love.” (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 410). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
J. J. Stewart Perowne:
They are “nigh” to persecute and destroy me; thou art nigh, O Lord, to help me. (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 410). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
The workers of iniquity plan and scheme against Your Church–Your covenant people. They hate Your law, despising the way of righteousness and truth. They love death over life, and they are consumed with a love for self. Justice is defined by their desires, not righteousness. But You are God, even of the wicked. They do not realize that You are the sovereign ruler over all the affairs of mankind, yes all mankind. You are not far, but near. You are not silent or asleep, but are working Your perfect will. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. To the glory of the King, forever and ever. Amen.