Hello, my friend. When we think of the evil men who have wrought indescribable havoc on the earth, Hitler, the Holocaust, etc., we can see in a small way how David must have thought during the writing of our PSALM 35 for today. It is one of those Psalms we call imprecatory, when the writer is calling down in the most severe terms the judgment of God on evildoers. During this time, David was in exile, fleeing Saul, and was probably a very poor man. It is amazing how strongly he seeks God’s destruction of his enemies and I doubt if we ever should pray a prayer like this today. Romans 12:19 says, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’”
But when David saw his enemies being judged he cries, in vs. 9, “Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation.” And I keep wondering whether or not, amongst the suffering ones in our world today there may not be some true Christian believers, who would with David say, in vs. 17, “O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.”
And so in times like these, perhaps a precursor of even more terrible-times to come, we can pray God’s judgment on evildoers, and leave it with Him. As for us, we are commanded to be the channels of God’s grace to those in terrible need. It is amazing, in a way, how David, in the midst of all his anxiety and anguish still, from time to time, would speak about ‘delighting’ in the Lord, there in vs.9 and vs. 27. This, humanly speaking is impossible, when we are surrounded by a terrifying situation, but it is possible when we know that even more intimately we are surrounded by the presence of the Lord, who is our Shield and Strength.
Thank you, Lord, for helping us learn from passages even as stern as this, that you hate evil and will bring judgment on evildoers. But help us, by your Spirit, to leave our vengeance to you, and, instead, to return evil with good, with love, with kindness, with forgiveness. We pray for the suffering people of the world. Thank you, Lord.
Thank you, dear partners around the world, for your encouragement. I thank God for you. Cheerio!