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Pastor's Pen - July 5, 2007
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July 5, 2007

Psalms 108 - 114
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Psalms
Chapter 108
  1. (A Song or Psalm of David.) O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
  2. Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
  3. I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
  4. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
  5. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;
  6. That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.
  7. God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
  8. Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
  9. Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.
  10. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
  11. Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
  12. Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
  13. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.


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Psalms
Chapter 109
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
  2. For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
  3. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
  4. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
  5. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
  6. Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
  7. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
  8. Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
  9. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
  10. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
  11. Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
  12. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
  13. Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
  14. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
  15. Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
  16. Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
  17. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
  18. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
  19. Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
  20. Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
  21. But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
  22. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
  23. I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
  24. My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
  25. I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
  26. Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
  27. That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
  28. Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
  29. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
  30. I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
  31. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.


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Psalms
Chapter 110
  1. (A Psalm of David.) The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
  2. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
  3. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
  4. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
  5. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
  6. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
  7. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.


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Psalms
Chapter 111
  1. Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
  2. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
  3. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
  4. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
  5. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
  6. He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
  7. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
  8. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
  9. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
  10. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.


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Psalms
Chapter 112
  1. Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
  2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
  3. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
  4. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
  5. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
  6. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
  7. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
  8. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
  9. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
  10. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.


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Psalms
Chapter 113
  1. Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
  2. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
  3. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.
  4. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
  5. Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
  6. Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
  7. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
  8. That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
  9. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.


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Psalms
Chapter 114
  1. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
  2. Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
  3. The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
  4. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
  5. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
  6. Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?
  7. Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
  8. Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.


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 There are several different types of songs recorded for us in the book of Psalms. As we have already seen, many are filled with praise. Some are requests for forgiveness, while others contain requests for deliverance. Still others contain prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus Christ. There is one other category of Psalms that we have not yet addressed, and an example of this is found in Psalm 109. These are known as the Imprecatory Psalms, for in them the psalmist cries out to God seeking vengeance upon the ungodly who have persecuted him.

 In this chapter David begs the Lords not to withhold His judgment, because the wicked are telling lies about him. He has tried to treat them right (4-5), but they fight against him for no reason (3). Thus David asks the Lord to send terrible judgment upon them. He asks for them to be made subordinate to wicked men and for Satan to be near them (6). He asks that the man's prayer life become sinful (7). He asks for the man's death to come at an early age, and for the family members that he leaves behind to be left destitute (8-11) with none who will take pity upon them (12). He prays that the man's children will be left childless as well so that he has no posterity left, and that the only thing that is remembered about him is that he was a wicked man (13-15).

 These are very harsh requests, and David has come under criticism for voicing them. Some others excuse David's pleas on the basis that he was living in the Old Testament economy which allowed such thinking, but that these prayers should not be an example for the New Testament Christian. Still others believe that David's prayers serve as an example to believers today, and that we should incorporate this style of prayer into our lives. It would behoove us to attempt to seek what the answer is.

 First off, there is no evidence in the Scripture that David was rebuked by God for these statements. In fact, the realization that God inspired David to record these songs for our benefit indicates that the Lord certainly was not displeased with their content. Second, I don't believe that David's prayers can be discounted simply because they are in the Old Testament. Certainly the New Testament tells us to

"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you," (Matt. 5:44).
Yet the book of Revelation in several places states that the prayer of the Tribulation martyrs is
"How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" (Rev. 6:10).

 The best answer that I can give is to attempt to reconcile the New Testament Scriptures with each other. We know that we should pray for our enemies, and particularly pray for their salvation. We should also pray for the Lord's return, and that event will involve the punishment of the wicked. Apparently we can also pray for God's immediate judgment upon the ungodly. One word of caution should be raised here. I do not believe that David nor the martyrs are praying down judgment for selfish reasons. It is not just that the wicked were harming God's people, but they were also harming the cause of Christ itself.

 One thing that is clear is that the Christian should not take matters into his own hand. The Bible clearly teaches,

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord," (Romans 12:19).
It is also clear that we are to do good to our enemies (Romans 12:20). I believe that while we are doing good we should pray for the salvation of those that harm the cause of Christ, but also pray that, if they don't repent, God would show Himself faithful and sovereign and would fulfill His promise to punish them for their sins.

Psalms
Chapter 109
  1. Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
  2. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
  3. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
  4. Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
  5. Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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