We find the silences of God disturbing. People can be so cruel. We can suffer so much from their hands. David is not quiescent in the face of such attack. He turns to God and pours out all the feelings of his heart. Don’t be shocked. Turn to Him for He is at your right hand in your need!
A big portion of this psalm is directed at cursing the wicked man.
“May his days be few; may another take his office! May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow!”
These are big heavy statements David is making.
“May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation!”
Ouch, David isn’t pulling any punches. He is bringing his concerns to the Lord, and here his concerns are that the Lord limits evil, specifically evil men.
What reasoning does David bring to the Lord for these prayers?
“For he [the wicked man] did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.”
David here is praying clearly for the end of evil men. Of people who bring death to the poor and needy, people who love to curse and do not delight in blessing. People who clothe themselves with cursing as a coat.
But more still, v20, here we get to it, “May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my life!”
David is being persecuted, people are speaking evil of him.
So he brings them to the Lord, these people. And he prays these prayers.
Let’s be encouraged to not shy away from these words simply because they seem too harsh or too judgemental.
Let’s be encouraged to wrestle with our experiences with people, particularly in the persecution that comes because we are God’s people.
Let’s give thanks to the Lord with our mouths, praising Him in the midst of the throng,
“For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.”