April 2, Reading 2 – Psalm 109

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SAA Notes

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!

SJA Notes

“May his days be few; may another take his office! May his children be fatherless and his wife a wisdom!”

These are hard-word statements David is making.

“May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation!”

David is not only asking God to limit evil, but that God limit evil _people_.

What reason could David have for bringing this kind of prayer?

He says of the wicked man,

“For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.”

David is praying for the end of people who work evil. Of people who subject and bring death to the poor and needy, people who love to curse and do not delight in blessing.

David brings these people to the Lord.

Let us be encouraged to dwell on these words even though they may seem too harsh or too judgemental.

Let us be encouraged to wrestle with our own experiences with people. Particularly in the persecution that comes directly due to us being God’s people.

Let us give thanks to the Lord,

“For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.”

* Father God,

Thank You Lord, we give You great thanks. We praise You even in a world, in a nation, in a place and time that hates You, that ignores You, that works against You.

Please help us to praise You in the situations You place us in.

Because You stand at the right hand of the needy one.

You are the God who saves.

Amen.

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