Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful have opened against me; They have spoken against me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. Psalm 109 NKJV
David complains about his enemies. He petitions God for deliverance from and judgment against false accusers. He closes with a vow of praise.
Is it right to pray for judgment and call down curses on our enemies?
The imprecatory Psalms were written to demonstrate God’s just and righteous judgment toward the wicked, to show God’s authority, to lead wicked people to seek the Lord and to cause the righteous to praise God. Out of zeal for God and abhorrence of sin, the psalmist calls on God to punish the wicked and vindicate his righteousness. I took those words right out of a commentary. What do they mean?
False accusations have been made against me. People with wicked hearts afflicted my loved ones. I’ve been tempted to lean on the arm of flesh for vengeance. I committed murder in my heart. I surrendered the high ground of faith on the battlefield of my mind!
Help me, O Lord my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy, That they may know that this is Your hand-That you, Lord have done it. Vs 26-27
“Vengeance is Mine” says the Lord. God does not want us to take matters into our own hands. He is the perfect judge of guilt and innocence. There is a time to pray against enemies. God will show you when.
I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude. For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, To save him from those who condemn him. Vs 30-31
There are so many reasons to offer the sacrifice of praise to Jesus. His perfect judgment and timely justice are two great examples!
In the imprecatory Psalms we see the repentance and surrender of a godly man. He was tempted to sin by taking matters into his own hands. He repented. He cried out to God. He trusted the Lord for vindication and vengeance.
You do not have to keep silent when people rise-up against you. Call out to the Lord. Trust Jesus to be your righteousness. Trust Jesus to be the lifter of your head.
Perfect justice can only be dispensed by a perfect God. Only the God of salvation can save us from our enemies!
Do not let evil people fill your heart with their hatred. Let the God of love fill your heart with His love!
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