Psalm 109: Prayer for God’s Judgment

Why would God ever ignore us?

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Psalm 109:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
I praise you, God. Please don’t ignore me.
King James
Psalm 109:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

Which might hurt more, lies or the truth being told about us?

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Psalm 109:2–3 Wicked and deceitful people have opposed me, telling lies about me. Their hateful words surround me, attacking me for no reason.
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Psalm 109:2–3 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

How can we defend ourselves against false accusations?

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Psalm 109:2–3 Wicked and deceitful people have opposed me, telling lies about me. Their hateful words surround me, attacking me for no reason.
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Psalm 109:2–3 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

What should we pray concerning those who would do us harm?

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Psalm 109:4–7 I prayed for them, but they rejected my love. They repay my good with evil, my love with hatred.
Set a wicked man above them, and let the accuser stand at his side. Judge him guilty, God. Let his own prayers condemn him.
Matthew 5:44–45 but I say you should show kindness to your enemies, doing good to those who persecute you. Your Father in Heaven causes the sun to rise on the evil as well as the good. He sends rain on both the righteous and unrighteous. You should show kindness as he does.
Romans 12:14 Do good to those who seek to harm you, and pray God’s blessing for them, that they too might become believers.
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Psalm 109:4–7 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
Matthew 5:44–45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Under what circumstances should we pray for God’s judgment and not his mercy?

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Psalm 109:8–14 Let his life be short. Let someone else have his job. Let his children become orphans, his wife a widow. Let his children become beggars living in the slums.
Let his creditors take everything he owns. May all he has worked for go to people he never knew. Don’t let anyone show him kindness or be gracious toward his orphans. Cut down his family tree so his name does not appear in later generations.
Remember the wickedness of his fathers, Lord, and don’t forgive the sins of his mother either.
Acts 1:20 As it says in our psalms, May his settlement be empty, no one living in his tent. Let his life be short, someone else taking his job.
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Psalm 109:8–14 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

Is God’s judgment of evil something we need to be concerned about? Why?

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Psalm 109:15–20 Let the wrongdoing bother the Lord constantly, so his family won’t be remembered anywhere on Earth. The man was so cruel, failing to show mercy. He took advantage of the poor and needy and would see the brokenhearted go to their graves.
He loved to curse people, taking no pleasure in blessing anyone, so let everything good be far out of his reach. Since he clothed himself with cursing, let that corruption permeate his bones like olive oil and fill his bowels with diarrhea. Let him wear the cursing he had for others, and don’t loosen the belt of his discomfort.
May the Lord reward all my enemies in this way, those who speak evil of me.
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Psalm 109:15–20 Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

If we know God is with us, how can we be depressed?

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Psalm 109:21–22 Lord God, stand true to your reputation for doing good and rescue me, for I am so depressed, in desperate need of your help.
Romans 8:31 What does all this mean to us? With God fighting for us, we cannot lose as long as we maintain our desire to please him.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, dear children, victorious over the false teachers because the Spirit within you is greater than the spirit of the world.
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Psalm 109:21–22 But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

When we’re feeling weak and are wondering how many days we have left on Earth, how should we feel? What should we do?

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Psalm 109:23–25 My life is fading like a passing shadow. I am shunned like a bothersome insect. For lack of nourishment, my knees are weak, and I’m little more than skin and bone. When people see me, they shake their heads in scorn.
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Psalm 109:23–25 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust. My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

When desperate for God’s help, do we need a good argument for why he should answer?

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Psalm 109:26–27 Because of your great love, Lord God, help me so people will see your power and know you have intervened.
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Psalm 109:26–27 Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy: That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.

How concerned should we be about what others think of us?

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Psalm 109:28 With your blessing, I don’t have to care what others think or say. While your servant rejoices, let them be ashamed for treating me this way.
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Psalm 109:28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

What good motives might we have in wanting to see our enemies embarrassed?

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Psalm 109:28–29 With your blessing, I don’t have to care what others think or say. While your servant rejoices, let them be ashamed for treating me this way. Let them be red-faced, clothed with embarrassment, wearing humiliation like a robe.
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Psalm 109:28–29 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.

If we believe God stands ready to protect the needy, why are our prayers not immediately answered?

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Psalm 109:30–31 Whether alone or among many people, I will enthusiastically praise the Lord, for he stands ready to protect the needy and deliver those whose lives are threatened.
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Psalm 109:30–31 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.