Saturday, February 4, 2017

Psalm 35 - What To Do with an Imprecatory Psalm

Imprecatory Psalms explained

Imprecatory wasn't even considered a correctly spelled word for "Spellcheck"

If you didn't click the link above and don't already know (don't feel bad if you don't) an imprecatory Psalm is one that invokes curses or calamity or judgement on your enemies - or God's enemies. I realllllly recommend that you read the link above. It has info to help us reconcile the teachings of Jesus with imprecatory prayers and psalms. There's no point in me trying to rewrite that information.

Hmmmm.... So what can we take from this Psalm on a Saturday in February 2017?

It's OK to ask God to deliver you from your enemies.
Live your life in such a way that you can remain blameless. v.7
Let God take care of you and what happens to your enemies.
Even while asking God to destroy your enemies you should still care for them. vs.13-14
Continue to praise God.

Bottom line:
I think we would be dishonest if we didn't let God know how we feel about someone who is wrongly attacking us. But with our actions we can choose to let God be the one who delivers us and destroys our enemies. "Vengeance is Mine" says the Lord. We need to try to remain blameless in how we live.
Be joyful. What a great testimony to the world about what Christ Jesus has done for you when you can still have joy in the middle of attacks from enemies.

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