A Time for Righteous Cursing
He pretended to be a devoted friend, but behind his leader’s back he plotted a revolution. He never remembered to do acts of kindness for the poor and the needy. Instead, he hounded and cursed them to death. With his gang of thugs he inflicted pain and suffering on the weak, and especially exploited the vulnerabilities he saw in God’s appointed ruler. Psalm 109:6-15 reveals how King David prayed for the LORD to boomerang this evil man’s curses back against this rebel gang, and vv. 16-20 explain why: no covenant loyalty, murdering the poor, needy, and brokenhearted, cursing others, and lying and covering up all the injustice.
Because we live in a world where evil is real, we need these tough Psalms to remind us that grace is forgiving, but it’s not blind to hardened, impenetrable wickedness. Israel’s hymnbook began in Psalm 2 exposing the constant roar of secret plans and open conflict against God and against His anointed. This Psalm goes on to prophesy that there will come a day when the Messiah, God’s Son, will judge the wicked with a rod of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery (Psalm 2:9). We must not forget that this is the same Jesus who offered forgiveness on the cross. He is also the LORD who will answer the prayer of His martyrs, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood.” (Revelation 6:10)
LORD, I pray that you enable the governments dealing with death-wielding terror attacks. I join our brothers and sisters there who are praying for the salvation of those who attacked them. But I also pray that there will be justice in the courts and protection for believers by the governing authorities. Thank you that King David teaches us how to pray for justice against those who prey upon the weak and vulnerable. (Check out www.opendoors.org for daily reports about the persecution of Christians around the world.)
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