Reading the Word
Psalm 109:1–5 (ESV)
1 Be not silent, O God of my praise! 2 For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. 3 They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. 4 In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. 5 So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Here, we once again read a psalm of David. In these opening verses, David’s enemies are speaking against him with lies and words of hate. How does David respond? In verse 4 he tells us. He prays for his enemies.
Have you ever had someone accuse you unfairly? Have you ever had someone lie about you? Has anyone ever spoken unkind or even hateful things to you? How did you respond? Most of us have probably responded with our own nasty words towards our enemies. But why not pray for our enemies? Why not pray that God would work in their hearts and lives to soften them? Why not pray that God would remove the wall of hostility and create a friendship? This is what David did. And this is what we are called to do as well. Let us be quick to pray for our enemies as we seek to repay evil with good.
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