In today’s world in which we hear about bullying, it’s easy to identify with the psalmist’s situation in Psalm 109 and want bad to happen to those that are hateful toward us. David endured false accusations and he asks the Lord to take vengeance on his enemies. Some of David’s closest friends like Saul, Absalom, Shimei and others had turned against him.
This Psalm was probably written during the time that David was in great danger during Absalom’s rebellion. The enemies even went out to destroy David’s whole family (v. 16) but he gives the whole matter to God (v. 20). At this point in David’s life, he knew that victory had to come from God and there was no need to answer by being hateful in return. The lesson learned is that it is best that we let God get revenge.
David went to God for help and to take care of the matter (v 21-25). You see, God knows how to win the war. In the war between good and evil, the war is won at the cross. You see, the devil thought the trophy was the death of Christ on the cross but it turns out that the Lord’s cross was the devils mousetrap.
We can be assured that when those against us treat us bad that God will deliver us. It’s time to not get angry with those that treat us bad but to get sad. It’s sad that they do not understand how to live the way God wishes and their future is one of despair and failure. Let us pray and hope the enemies of God see the light.
Many enemies of David lied about him but he was a man of prayer and asks for help. Like David, we may face difficulties that are out of our control and only prayer can correct. The lesson found in this passage for me is to keep going when the going gets tough. Be persistent, steady and learn to wait for God to make things right.
- Questions for Reflection – Psalm 107 – 109 (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- Bobby Conner: The Hungry Heart – Seeking the Secret Place (celebratekingjesus.wordpress.com)