Psalms of Honesty and Truth
“That’s not fair!”, we cry out when falsely accused by those who oppose us and want to get rid of us. In Psalm 109, David is beside himself with all the accusations that are unjust. He cries out to God for help with his enemy. Who is the real enemy? Who is our enemy?
Psalm 109, New Living Translation
O God, whom I praise,
don’t stand silent and aloof
2 while the wicked slander me
and tell lies about me.
3 They surround me with hateful words
and fight against me for no reason.
4 I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations
even as I am praying for them!
5 They repay evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
6 They say,[a] “Get an evil person to turn against him.
Send an accuser to bring him to trial.
7 When his case comes up for judgment,
let him be pronounced guilty.
Count his prayers as sins.
8 Let his years be few;
let someone else take his position.
9 May his children become fatherless,
and his wife a widow.
10 May his children wander as beggars
and be driven from[b] their ruined homes.
11 May creditors seize his entire estate,
and strangers take all he has earned.
12 Let no one be kind to him;
let no one pity his fatherless children.
13 May all his offspring die.
May his family name be blotted out in the next generation.
14 May the Lord never forget the sins of his fathers;
may his mother’s sins never be erased from the record.
15 May the Lord always remember these sins,
and may his name disappear from human memory.
16 For he refused all kindness to others;
he persecuted the poor and needy,
and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.
17 He loved to curse others;
now you curse him.
He never blessed others;
now don’t you bless him.
18 Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing,
or the water he drinks,
or the rich food he eats.
19 Now may his curses return and cling to him like clothing;
may they be tied around him like a belt.”
20 May those curses become the Lord’s punishment
for my accusers who speak evil of me.
21 But deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord,
for the sake of your own reputation!
Rescue me because you are so faithful and good.
22 For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is full of pain.
23 I am fading like a shadow at dusk;
I am brushed off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak from fasting,
and I am skin and bones.
25 I am a joke to people everywhere;
when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.
26 Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me because of your unfailing love.
27 Let them see that this is your doing,
that you yourself have done it, Lord.
28 Then let them curse me if they like,
but you will bless me!
When they attack me, they will be disgraced!
But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace;
may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.
30 But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord,
praising him to everyone.
31 For he stands beside the needy,
ready to save them from those who condemn them.
The word translated “adversaries” or “accusers” (vv. 4, 6, 20, 29) gives us the English word “Satan,” one of the names of the Devil. Satan is the accuser (Rev. 12:10) and the adversary of believers (1 Peter 5:8), and he uses people to accomplish this work. Like our Savior who was falsely accused, David was innocent of the charges (v. 3; 35:7, 19-20; 69:4; Jer. 18:18; 20:10).
God’s people return good for evil, most people return good for good and evil for evil, but Satan’s crowd returns evil for good(v. 5) David responded to God’s silence and to the enemy’s attacks by praying to the Lord. His faith did not waver. We see three themes in David’s lament to God.
1. Lord, Do Something! (vv. 1-5).
2. Lord, Judge the enemy! (vv. 6-20).
3. Lord, Help Me! (vv. 21-31).
This unknown opponent may have been King Saul himself, whose life David spared on at least two occasions, or perhaps one of Saul’s important officers who wanted to please his master. Had we been in this situation with David, we might have prayed as he did! There was terrible injustice in the land, and only God could remove Saul and put the rightful king on the throne. David did not avenge himself but put the matter in the hands of the Lord (Rom. 12:17-21).
David asks, Lord, help me! We need to ask the same of our Lord who will step into our lives when we give the situation to Him. He will help grow and mature us through injustices, strengthen our faith in these battles and teach us to return good for the evil. That’s how he will help us. Our perspective on life changes.
Who is our real enemy, the one we are in constant battle with day to day? Satan, the fallen angel who has always wanted to be God. He works daily to pull us from the God we love and who Satan wants to be.
Let God be judge. He is the Only One who is perfectly able to be judge. He is more powerful than this fallen one from heaven who is our real accuser, our real enemy. God will indeed help us, grow us in the process and make us stronger to repel whatever Satan will throw at us next.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12, NLT
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4, NLT
Dear Heavenly Father, We shudder at the words David uses, but understand the pain of injustice behind the words. May we live, knowing that YOU live in us and that You are greater and more powerful than evil and evil’s schemes to destroy us. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that convicts, comforts, guides and keeps us alert to Truth! In Jesus Name, Amen!