Last night, in our Mid-Week Study, we looked at Psalm 109. This psalm doesn’t sound like a song David should be writing… nor does it sound like a song that would be fun to sing! This psalm is an example of an imprecatory psalm… a psalm that calls down curses on someone.
I. The Persecution (v.1-5,22-25)
David felt as though he was being ruthlessly attacked. A group of people were slandering him with horrible lies. When he tried to do kindness toward them, they repaid it with treachery… evil for good, hatred for love.
The result was that David felt poor, needy, skin and bones… near death. In fact, he’d prayed and fasted over the situation so often, he was starving himself to death!
II. The Petition (v.6-20)
To this point in the psalm, David had done what we would all expect him to do… he poured out his heart, honestly, before God. But at this point of the psalm, David does the unexpected. He prays a detailed list of things he hopes God will do to those who have been harassing David!
- Give them a taste of their own medicine (v.6,7a,16-20)
- Don’t listen to their prayers (v.7b)
- Don’t bless their families (v.8,9,10,12)
- Don’t bless their finances (v.11)
- Blot out their family name (v.13-15)
David wasn’t just wishing the worst on those who were against him; he also wished the worst on their wives, their parents, their children, future generations, and anyone who might know them!
David was angry! And he wasn’t holding anything back!!
APP: Most of us have been where David was. We’ve felt lied about, been spoken hatefully to, and have had our good deeds not only go unnoticed but been repaid with evil. Our heart was wounded. There seemed to be no way to set the record straight. So, what do we do? There are some things we can learn from what David… and some things we would do well to avoid.
III. The Protection (v.21,22,26-31)
- God’s Unfailing Love (v.21,26,30,31)
- God’s Unchallenged Power (v.27-29)
Because David believed in a sovereign God, he rejoiced in spite of the attacks against Him.
What can we learn from this psalm?
- We are not David… and may not have the right to pray as David prayed.
David was God’s chosen king of God’s chosen people. When he spoke, he often spoke on behalf of God and God’s people… to God’s national enemies. We may not have that right; instead, we have the privilege of forgiving personal enemies.
- Honesty is always best… even when it’s honesty we should be ashamed of.
- If we hope God will have mercy with us (as David expressed, even in this psalm), we must be willing to extend mercy to others… to forgive others… and to ask God to forgive others.
- When you feel as David felt, express your feelings… and then give God the opportunity to heal your wounded heart.
- No matter how God might handle the situation, be sure to praise Him.