Verse 1 – Do not keep silent, O God of my praise!
Verse 2 – For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful have opened against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
Verse 3 – They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
Verse 4 – In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer.
Verse 5 – Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
Have you had people in your life that you were good to, but yet lied on you and deceived you? David did many times and so did Christ. So what did they do? They gave themselves to prayer! That’s a lot easier said than done. It usually comes from the one’s you have done the most for.
I know you’ve heard the phrase, “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.” Nowhere in scripture is that found. It was said by St Augustine in a letter he wrote. It does neither person any good that does not confront the wrong done to them. Oh, I believe wholeheartedly that people know they are not treating someone right, but they just don’t care. So it needs to be confronted.
When we tell someone we will continue to love them, but hate their deeds (life style, habits or addictions, how they treat you or others), are we not telling them it’s OK? Yes, God loved the world enough to send His only begotten Son to die for us, but each individual has a choice; repent and receive forgiveness. Those who are truly born-again “do not” continue in sin. You can’t convince me that someone doesn’t know when they are lying or deceiving another person. If there is no repentance, sometimes you just have to walk away and leave them be.
Verse 6 – Set a wicked man over him, and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
The right hand denotes protection. The Lord will judge among the nations and destroy their wicked leaders.
Verse 7 – When he is judged, let him be found guilty, and let his prayer become sin.
Verse 8 – Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Verse 9 – Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Verse 10 – Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; let them seek their bread also from their desolate places.
Verse 11 – Let the creditor seize all that he has, and let strangers plunder his labor.
Verse 12 – Let there be none to extend mercy to him, nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
Verse 13 – Let his posterity be cut off, and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
David is still talking about those who lied on him and plotted against him. But we have to ask ourselves; what all has God forgiven you for? Did you ever lie on someone or deceive before or after coming to Christ? We forgive others, not because they deserve it, but because Christ forgave us. Some though, will do too much damage for the relationship to be repaired. Let God be the judge of those who do you wrong or a root of bitterness will take hold and destroy your inner peace. I will say this though; those who continue to abuse and mistreat you and others with no remorse or repentance, get away from them because they will continue to wreak havoc in your life.
Verse 14 – Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Verse 15 – Let them be continually before the Lord, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth;
Verse 16 – Because he did not remember to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
David is telling God just as the oppressors did not show kindness toward the afflicted so they deserve no demonstration of covenant loyalty or compassion. Some like to continue kicking, when you already reached your lowest. God sees it all. He is your avenger, not us.
Verse 17 – As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
Verse 18 – As he clothed himself with cursing as with a garment, so let it enter his body like water, and like oil into his bone.
Verse 19 – Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, and for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
Verse 20 – Let this be the reward to my accusers, and to those who speak evil against my person.
Wow! David wanted God to take swift judgment and punishment of evil people.
Verse 21 – But You, O God the Lord, deal with me for Your name’s sake; because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
Now isn’t that ironic that David wants God to show him mercy, but those against him, no mercy?
Verse 23 – I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust.
Verse 24 – My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
Verse 25 – I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they sake their heads.
Verse 26 – Help me, O Lord God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
Verse 27 – That they may know that his is Your hand-that You, Lord, have done it!
Verse 28 – Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let Your servant rejoice.
Verse 29 – Let my accusers be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.
Verse 30 – I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.
Verse 31 – For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn him.
This psalm by no means, is a psalm to be prayed over our enemies. but I’m sure all of us at one time have had someone do us so wrong, that we would like to see what they did to us, fall on them. We should make sure that we treat others the way we want to be treated, at all times, and let God handle the rest.
We let certain things go because we know they will reap what is sown, good or bad. The Bible tells us not to grow weary in doing good. It’s for our benefit that we stay in peace. God will judge in due season.