June 14, 2017


Psalm 109

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Help Me, O Lord My God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

  Be not silent, O God of my praise!
  For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
    speaking against me with lying tongues.
  They encircle me with words of hate,
    and attack me without cause.
  In return for my love they accuse me,
    but I give myself to prayer.1
  So they reward me evil for good,
    and hatred for my love.
  Appoint a wicked man against him;
    let an accuser stand at his right hand.
  When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
    let his prayer be counted as sin!
  May his days be few;
    may another take his office!
  May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow!
10   May his children wander about and beg,
    seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
11   May the creditor seize all that he has;
    may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
12   Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
    nor any to pity his fatherless children!
13   May his posterity be cut off;
    may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
14   May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
    and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
15   Let them be before the LORD continually,
    that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!
16   For he did not remember to show kindness,
    but pursued the poor and needy
    and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
17   He loved to curse; let curses come2 upon him!
    He did not delight in blessing; may it be far3 from him!
18   He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
    may it soak4 into his body like water,
    like oil into his bones!
19   May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
    like a belt that he puts on every day!
20   May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD,
    of those who speak evil against my life!
21   But you, O GOD my Lord,
    deal on my behalf for your name's sake;
    because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
22   For I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is stricken within me.
23   I am gone like a shadow at evening;
    I am shaken off like a locust.
24   My knees are weak through fasting;
    my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
25   I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
    when they see me, they wag their heads.
26   Help me, O LORD my God!
    Save me according to your steadfast love!
27   Let them know that this is your hand;
    you, O LORD, have done it!
28   Let them curse, but you will bless!
    They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
29   May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
    may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
30   With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD;
    I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31   For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
    to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.


[1] 109:4 Hebrew but I am prayer
[2] 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text curses have come
[3] 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it is far
[4] 109:18 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it has soaked


Key Verse | Psalm 109:26–27

Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it!
(Psalm 109:26-27)

Central Truth

Our motivation for desiring retribution should be God’s glory, not any selfish aspiration for repayment of pain inflicted on us.

Devotional | Psalm 109

Fear. Confusion. Anger. These overwhelmed me when I was falsely accused of stealing at my new job as a firefighter. I had been working for years toward the goal of becoming a firefighter, buthopes of my dream career...

Fear. Confusion. Anger. These overwhelmed me when I was falsely accused of stealing at my new job as a firefighter. I had been working for years toward the goal of becoming a firefighter, but hopes of my dream career were falling apart. There was fear about the future, confusion about how such a thing could happen, and an intense anger toward the one who actually took the money.

Many of my words at that time were echoes of today’s reading. Not only did I seek God’s presence and help, I also prayed for severe punishment on the offender. My requests were not the polite utterances expected of a good little churchgoer and neither were David’s. The requests were harsh, unrelenting, and vengeful. Like David, I would not carry out such vengeance, but left that in the hands of the Lord. This is where the similarities between my response and David's ended.

My primary motivations were that my name would be cleared and that retribution would be delivered simply because I was outraged about the injustice that was brought on me. Meanwhile, David’s concern was for the sake of the name of God and that He would not be defamed. David also wanted to make sure that his rescue from the situation was known to others as being the work of the Lord.

David’s response to his accusers ends with confidence that God “stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death” (verse 31). Despite losing my dream job, the Lord stood at my right hand against the accusations. He worked through the situation and opened the door for me to become a physician's assistant. Satan is the ultimate accuser, the one who seeks our destruction. Thankfully, God has given us a provision through Christ.

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Bio | Darrell Weisinger

Travel to at least one new state and one new country every year is the goal. I’ve been on a streak for the past seven years and hope to keep it going. My wife Sarah has been happy to join the adventures since marrying me two and a half years ago. My favorite place so far? Australia. Sarah’s? Banff, Canada.

Our chickens, Lucy and Smoky, along with the late Annabelle and S’mores, have only seen our backyard. Well, I guess Annabelle and S’mores have also seen the inside of a trash bag and got a ride to the city dump.

Discussion Questions

1. Do you hate the sins of others because they have hurt you or because they offend God?

2. How do you respond to the ideas of forgiveness, reconciliation, and revenge?

3. How do you combat the allegations of the ultimate accuser, Satan?

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