Psa 109: May justice be done
the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
Comments: David is clearly struggling with opposition
from people who have spoken lies against him, betraying his friendship
[v.1-5] and he asks the Lord to hold a court against one specifically
[v.6,7] so that the Lord will bring a multi-faceted judgment on
him [v.8-15] for having brought curses against him [v.16-18].
He wants the Lord to overcome those curses with His own blessing
[v.19,20] and deliver him [v.21] for he feels wounded and weak
[v.22-25]. He continues by asking the Lord to save him [v.26],
dealing with his enemy in such a way that he will know it is the
Lord dealing with him [v.27] as his curses are reversed by the
Lord's blessing [v.28] and they are put to shame [v.29]. He concludes
with a declaration of faith that he will praise the Lord who he
knows is a deliverer [v.30,31]. A psalm asking for justice to
David asks the Lord to speak against [implied] his enemies
God, whom I praise,
do not remain silent,
people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying
words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.
return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.
He asks for his enemies to be tried and found guilty
someone evil to oppose my enemy;
let an accuser stand at his right hand.
he is tried, let him be found guilty,
and may his prayers condemn him.
His eight-fold desire of what will happen to them
may another take his place of leadership.
and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars;
may they be driven from their ruined
May a creditor seize all he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his
May no one extend kindness to him
or take pity on his fatherless children.
May his descendants be cut off,
their names blotted out from the next
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the
may the sin of his mother never be blotted
sins always remain before the Lord,
that he may blot out their name from
His threefold accusation of his enemy's sins
never thought of doing a kindness,
hounded to death the poor
and the needy and the broken-hearted.
to pronounce a curse –
may it come back on him.
He found no pleasure in blessing –
may it be far from him.
wore cursing as his garment;
it entered into his body like water,
into his bones like oil.
He wants his cursing to be the cause of bringing him down
it be like a cloak wrapped about him,
like a belt tied for ever round him.
this be the Lord's
payment to my accusers,
to those who speak evil of me.
He appeals to the Lord to intervene
you, Sovereign Lord,
help me for your name's sake;
out of the goodness of your love, deliver
What he feels about himself after this attack
I am poor and needy,
and my heart is wounded within me.
fade away like an evening shadow;
I am shaken off like a locust.
knees give way from fasting;
my body is thin and gaunt.
am an object of scorn to my accusers;
when they see me, they shake their heads.
An appeal for the Lord to save him
Help me, Lord
save me according to your unfailing
He appeals for the Lord to act in such a way that his enemy will
know it is Him
Let them know that it is your hand,
that you, Lord, have done it.
He asks that the Lord will overcome their curses with His blessing
they curse, may you bless;
may those who attack me be put
but may your servant rejoice.
He asks that they will be put to shame
May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
He determines to praise the Lord because He is a deliverer
my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
in the great throng of worshippers I
will praise him.
he stands at the right hand of the needy,
to save their lives from those who would
Comments: David's appeal for justice never puts it in
those specific terms but he lays out what has been happening to
him, his plight and his need caused by an enemy who deserves to
have the Lord act against him, delivering David and shaming that
enemy with judgment.]
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