"Let the proud be ashamed;
for they dealt perversely with me without cause;
but I will meditate in Thy precepts."
Talk about evil hiding behind a costume, I can't stand Halloween and its dark underbelly. Yes, I will hand out candy to cuties, but the terrible costumes worn by those too old to be begging candy--and I mean parents too--get my goat! I doubt David had to deal with any clown threats, however. His threats were too real, those who dealt with him perversely without cause. His answer, besides a sling shot and five little stones, was to meditate on God's precepts, His Word. There is so much evil out there, that I can only stay sane by meditating on God and His kingdom come, His will be done because the world is singing, "Here come the clowns!"
Every pastor knows what it is like for someone to deal with them perversely without cause. Because of a pastor's inability to answer back often due to the confidentiality clause protecting parishioners they counsel, they are easy prey, especially by the attacking wolf in sheep's clothing. It can get ugly quickly when you are standing fighting in the arena where Christians are thrown to lions. It is spiritual warfare, so those in spiritual leadership are often the targets. Isn't this Pastor Appreciation month? If nothing else, pray for him or her because clowns are real.
Adam Clarke says, "Pride is the mother of rebellion, both against God and man...Let the proud be ashamed: To reduce a proud man to shame, is to humble him indeed. Let them be confounded; without cause, without any colourable pretext they have persecuted me."
Matthew Henry says, "There were those that dealt perversely with him and misconstrued all he said and did, but David regarded it not. He knew it was without cause. The causeless reproach, like the curse causeless, does not hurt us, and therefore should not move us. He could pray, in faith: 'Let them be ashamed, that is let them be brought either to repentance or to ruin.'"
Sticks and stones do break bones and words do hurt us. But God allows the proud to repent or come to ruin by their own choice. Sometimes we loose patience waiting for either of those things to happen, repentance or ruin, especially if we are in the meanwhile dodging bullets like a game of dodge ball. We can't forget the bigger picture when a stone whizzes by our ear, it's shame on them! Shame on those Bozos!