4.07.2009

praying today's psalm: psa 58

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge uprightly among men?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
And your hands mete out violence on the earth.
Even from birth the wicked go astray;
From the womb they are wayward and speak lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
Like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
That will not heed the tune of the charmer,
However skillful the enchanter may be.
Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
Tear out, O LORD, the fangs of the lions!
Let them vanish like water that flows away;
When they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted.
Like a slug melting away as it moves along,
Like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel [the heat of] the thorns—
Whether they be green or dry—
The wicked will be swept away.
The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
When they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
Then men will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
Surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

(Psa 58:1-11, NIV)

(Apparently David has had a very hard day)

Lord, Jesus called us to love our enemies, and it is for that reason that Psalms like these seem incompatible—like the god of the OT is very different than that of the NT. However, Lord, it is for no other reason than that you have promised to establish your justice and avenge your enemies that we are to peaceably endure ours. You judge justly, while we judge selfishly. We remove the wheat instead of the tares. Nevertheless, I pray that you would wake us up from our apathy. That once again injustice would evoke anger from us. That we could not look upon the injustices done to others and the sufferings that others endure with indifference. May our anger be righteous. May it not be about the ways we have been offended, but rather how you have been offended. We hope for a day when the wicked will not prosper. We hope for a day when the righteous will not suffer. We hope for a day when you do set all things right. But we pray that that day would come through repentance—as it has for us—and would not have to come through judgment. Amen Amen

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