Save Me From My Enemies!
Scripture reading for June 25th: Psalm 107-110
Psalm 109 is one of the Psalms of David where he calls on God to get even with his enemies. We don’t know what enemy David had in mind, but the attack on him was one of lying and evil speaking against his character. We can do some very heavy damage with our tongues and the words can go deep and cut at the heart of a person. David felt these words of hatred surrounding him and bringing false accusations. (Psalm 109:2-4) He felt that he had tried to be a true friend, but that he had been betrayed by one whom he had considered a friend.
How is a person to deal with this kind of situation? The word of God tells us that we can’t “get even” because we are not in a position to judge another person. All vengeance belongs to God, who alone can repay justly. David appeals to God to do just that! He calls for God to send an evil man against him to give him a taste of his own medicine. He asks that his own prayers would condemn him! (Psalm 109:6-7) He even asks that God would not forgive his sins and that his memory be cut off from the earth! (Psalm 109:14-15) David also asked that this man’s curses come back on him and wrap around him. (Psalm 109:17-20)
David’s prayer then turns to his own need of grace. “But you, O Sovereign Lord, deal well with me for your Name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.” (Psalm 109:21-22) David knew that God was the only help he could depend on in this crisis. He was not able to deal with this crisis with physical power or his kingly authority. God alone was the source of mercy and healing for his wounded heart! David expressed his faith and confidence in God’s mercy and justice to deliver him!
This psalm reminds us that God is just and will in the end deal justly with all men. We must wait on the Lord and entrust our vindication to Him. We need mercy, not judgment! Jesus Christ taught us to pray for our enemies’ forgiveness instead of their condemnation. Our new model is “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)