(31 verses, 3:13 to read)
What I am about to READ
- A Psalm that prays against the Lord’s enemies.
- 1-5: A summary of what David is experiencing in body and soul.
- 6-20: David pleads: “Deliver me from all evil. Vengeance is Yours, dear Lord.”
- 21-25: A description of human weakness and prayer for God to fight for the weak and helpless.
- 26-29: Answering the question: Why should God help? For the sake of His “steadfast love.”
- 30-31: Prayer of thanksgiving because David assumes the Lord hears and will answer.
- These are sometimes difficult Psalms to read and pray. It’s important to recognize that David, in faith, is not only praying against his enemies, but persistent enemies of God’s Word and will. Judgment cannot be avoided for those who continually and persistently stand against God and His Word.
- It’s also important to remember that this prayer is just that – a prayer. David is not taking this into his own hands but commending God’s enemies to God. In fact, David’s treatment of these enemies is “prayer” (4),”love” (vs. 4, 5), and “good” (vs. 5) and yet this is what his enemies give in return: false “accusations” (vs. 4), “evil” (vs. 5), and “hatred” (vs. 5)
- vs. 8 – Peter quotes this verse when preaching about Judas and the need for another apostle after the death of Judas in Acts 1:20
- As we consider what it means to pray for our enemies as well as against the enemies of God, it’s wonderful to ask this question, “What did God do for us while we were His enemies?” He sends His Son to die for us in order that He may be reconciled with us! “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life (Romans 5:10).”
- A consistent theme of this Psalm is that of the accuser (vs. 4, 20, 25, 29). This helps us confess who the real enemy is: the evil one, Satan (which is Hebrew for “accuser”). Our response to our accuser? According to our Psalm, Jesus “stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death (vs. 31).” “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us (Romans 8:34).” What is our response to the our accusers? “Let them know that this is your hand,” O Jesus, pierced for my sins, “you, O Lord, have done it (vs. 27)!”
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Pastor Christopher Stout