Righteous Zeal | Psalm 109:6-15
Today’s Passage: Psalm 109:6-15
Key Verses: Psalm 109:6-9
Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
David was a champion of righteousness. He was the king of a theocracy—a nation ruled by God. He longed to see God’s cause lived out on earth. In this psalm David recounts that a person had betrayed him. David’s prayer for vindication was not personal. He desired that God judge the sin and stop the sinner from hurting others.
In the New Testament our prayer changes in light of God’s full revelation. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies. We pray that he will change their hearts, and we also pray that God will stop wicked people from hurting others. From the imprecatory prayers of the psalms we are reminded that we should have a righteous zeal for God to be honored and his people protected.
Some questions to consider: Are you angered by those who oppose God? Are you praying that God will deal with terrorists who behead innocent people and persecute Christians? Does disobedience stir your heart? Are you calloused to hearing God’s name taken in vain? Are you comfortable with wickedness…in your life and the lives of others? Do you have a righteous zeal for God to be honored and his people protected?
Father, never let us be comfortable with sin. Create or renew in us a righteous zeal. As we pray for our enemies let us pray also that you are honored and your people protected. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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