David continued to write songs including this one, Psalm 109, about his deceitful enemies. He asks God to deal with them in very harsh ways because they have repaid him evil for kindness, and hatred for love. Talking about one enemy in particular, David wrote, “For he refused all kindness to others; he persecuted the poor and needy, and he hounded the brokenhearted to death. He loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don’t you bless him.”
Then, in the second half of the psalm, David calls out to God, “Help me, O Lord my God! Save me because of your unfailing love… 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!” Do we as God’s servants go right on rejoicing regardless of our present situation and circumstance? Or do we give permission to the enemy to distract us from our goal of living to praise God? When we are undervalued instead of promoted, cursed at rather than praised, unfairly attacked due to the convictions we hold – do we lash back or take our hurt to God?
Help us, O Lord our God to keep right on praising You, for ultimately You will have the final say. When our mind shifts to this kind of thinking, we can have the compassion that Jesus talks about to actually pray for our enemies. When our lives are hidden in Christ we can go beyond the law of “an eye for an eye”, to showing mercy in the same way that He showed mercy to us. Father, help us to live like Your Son lived. Amen.