Psalm 109

Psalm 109 is a somewhat unpleasant psalm in that David calls on God to destroy his enemies in some rather horrible and painful ways.  He begins by asking God to get involved.  “Be not silent, O God of my praise”!  Whether out of desperation or the realization that God is in control, David cries out to God to not be a spectator but rather get involved in the battle.  He calls on God to attack his enemies no less than 30 different ways.  And it isn’t just a request to silence his enemies, but their family and the generations to come.  David wants them stopped forever.

He makes it clear that his enemies return evil for his good.  “In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer”.  He feels unjustly attacked, but does not take revenge rather turning to God for that action.  David is not the first to ask God to deal with the evil around him.  Moses, Jeremiah and others prayed that their enemies would be stopped.  In David’s case, he wants that to be permanent.  “Let them be before the Lord continually that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth”!

David cries for help.  “Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love”!  His request is based on two truths:

  1. his innocence
  2. the iniquity of his enemies

He isn’t interested in getting the credit for defeating them.  He’s happy to let God get that fame.  He wants the evil defeated and gone from his life.  “Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it”!

 Then David will be able to give praise to God and let the world know that He is the victor.  “With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng”.  There are a couple things we can learn from this psalm:

  1. The prayers against evil which God hears are those which are made by someone who has clean hands and a clean heart
  2. Those against whom these prayers are effective are those who are truly wicked, those who are not just our enemies, but God’s enemies

David had a clean heart.  He cried out to God about the evil facing Him.  God took action against not only David’s enemies, but the enemies of God and took care of them.  Then David could praise God and give thanks before all those around him.

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