I once heard of an agnostic farmer who wrote to the editor of his local newspaper, who was a
Christian. He said; “In defiance of your God I plowed my fields this year on Sunday, I disked and
fertilized them on Sunday, I planted them on a Sunday, I cultivated the … More
David prays that God would manifest his wrath against his enemies (v. 6). He felt that great injustices had been done against him and he was asking the Lord to come into court with anger to judge his enemies. This is not the kind of language we use in prayer meetings today, but it is language quite consistent with David’s day and circumstances. He prays that God would plead his cause (v. 7). David was careful to maintain his integrity (v. 8) and let God be his defense (v. 10). He appeals to God to ascend to His judgment seat. God tests the hearts and minds (v. 9). Nothing is hidden from God; this can be either terrifying or comforting. Our thoughts are an open book to Him. Because He knows even our motives, we have no place to hide, no way we can pretend we can get away with sin. But that very knowledge also gives us great comfort. We don’t have to try to impress God or to put on a false front. Instead we can trust God to help us work through our weaknesses.
To see wickedness triumph is hard for Christians to understand. To David, God seemed unconcerned and he could not understand why God did not arise in judgment. However, God’s timetables are not the same as ours. The punishment of the wicked often is the result of this person’s own misdeeds. An example of this was the hanging of Haman on the gallows that he prepared for Mordecai. The principle of God’s judgment is found in Galatians 6:7 “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall be also reap.” It is wise to let God be the judge as His judgment is always right (I Cor. 4:3-5). We do not see ourselves and others as He sees us, so it is best to turn the matter over to Him. When we truly follow God He rewards our effort.
When I have been mistreated by someone I should never try to deal out judgment to them? What I need to do is let God deal with it in His own way in His own time.
Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous-- you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
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Psalms 4:1-8Peace Under Difficult Circumstances
Psalms 5:1-7What Results do You Expect From Prayer?
Psalms 5:8-12The Power in Petition
Psalms 6:1-10David Cries Out For Mercy.
Psalms 7:1-5David Unjustly Accused.
Psalms 7:6-11David Knows God’s Judgment is Fair
Psalms 7:12-17Vengeance Belongs to The Lord
Psalms 8:1-9A Respect For God’s Handiwork
Psalms 9:1-10A Glorious Victory in Battle
Psalms 9:11-20The Judgment is Fair
Psalms 10:1-11A Prayer For Help
Psalms 10:12-18An Appeal For Vengeance