Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Asking God To Avenge Him

Psalm 109:1-31

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

“Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.  They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.  For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.  And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.” (Psalm 109:1-5)

 David asks that God speaks on his behalf, because his enemies are attacking him verbally, slandering him, and hating him without reason.    The wicked hate those who do right because it makes them feel inferior.  Rather than change their attitudes, they begin to accuse him of what they would do themselves, retaliating against him for treating them well.  Romans 12:20 instructs, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”  We are not killing them with kindness, as some believe, but rather emphasizing their wickedness, making it clear what they deserve. 

“Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.  When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.  Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.  Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.  Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.” (Psalm 109:6-11)

Because of their sin, David asks that they would be treated in the same way they have treated him, with a wicked person trying to control them, with Satan leading him.  Let him be condemned the same way the has condemned God’s man and let his prayer be and abomination to God.    They had sought to kill David and take his position, so David asks that they experience what they had tried to do to him.  Leaving their wives widows and the children as orphans, forced to go dumpster diving to survive.   He prayed that vandals would wipe out their stuff and thieves rip them off just as they had tried to do.  While this may sound harsh, it is exactly the principle behind the Golden Rule, that person deserves to be treated the way he treats others. 

“Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.  Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.  Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.  Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.” (Psalm 109:12-16)

Because they showed no mercy, James 2:13 warns, “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy…”    Having tried to destroy David’s descendants, They deserved to have their entire line destroyed, and his sin should not be forgiven, but let God be reminded of them forever. 

“As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.  As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.  Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.  Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.” (Psalm 109:17-20)

God is a merciful God, willing to forgive nay sin, but at the same time he is a righteous God who will not just ignore sin,  Nahum 1:2-3 tells us, “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.  The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”  If people refuse to make their sin right, he will take revenge for what they have done to others. 

“But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.  For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.  I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.  My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.  I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.” (Psalm 109:21-25)

God has promised to protect those who seek him and follow his word.  David asks that God keep his promise, not because of David’s righteousness, but for his own reputation as a God who keeps his promises.  David’s knees hurt from the time fasting and praying, and his enemies made fun of him or considered him stupid to keep serving God. 

“Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy: That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.  Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.  Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.” (Psalm 109:26-29)

David asks that God take vengeance, but in such a way that his enemies know it is God doing it rather than David retaliating against them.  May they realize their own wickedness has caused their punishment. 

“I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.” (Psalm 109:30-31)

David’s prayer was based on total conviction that God would do what he said, protecting and avenging those who serve him from those who are in power.  

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