Meditations in the Psalms
David continues his desire for God’s judgment upon those who had betrayed him and who sought to hurt him. He reviews the kind of people they were, and why it would be righteous for God to judge them. As we have said before, matters of judgment must be left with the Judge of all the earth, Who will always do what is right (Genesis 18:25). One of the interesting things about David’s prayer for God to judge and take vengeance on his enemies is the attitude of David himself. We might wish that he handled this better, but it is in God’s Word for our admonition and wisdom. When we are hurt or attacked, there are feelings in all of us like David had. The important lesson is that he turned them over to the Lord.
- The posterity he wanted to remove – verse 13
- The parents he felt should be judged – verses 14-15
- The persecution of the poor that was done – verse 16
- The problem of cursing – verse 17
- The punishment for cursing – verses 18-19
- The plea for the Lord to reward them with this – verse 20
Again, we must leave matters of vengeance in the hands of the Lord. It is a major theme of many of David’s psalms. Don’t seek revenge or try to get even! Leave it with the Lord!
Verse for Meditation
Verse 20 – “Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.”
“Thank You, Lord, that You will always do what is right, and bring Your judgment which is always just and fair.”