Daily Devotional: Psalms 109:6-15
6 Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. 8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. 10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. 11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. 13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation. 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. 15 May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
David lived a life filled with emotional swings from the highest high to the lowest low. His emotions were all over the charts. Think how it would have felt to have killed the giant, defeated the army of the enemies and then to come home to the victory parade and hear the songs of praise. He was human and he felt elated! “King Saul has killed his thousands but David his ten-thousand!”
Then later as the King of Israel, he is told that his own son has formed a coup and is about to attack the city of Jerusalem and kill him. He is forced to flee from his home and eventually go into battle against his own son. If this is not enough, at the end, he is told that his son has been killed! For a man with the capacity to love the way David loved, this was a tremendous blow. He was devastated!
Our lives may not swing to these extremes but we have our high points and our lows as well. This is normal for us all. But wherever David found himself, he put his trust in God. So when his dear friend betrayed him, he turned to God and asked God to take care of it for him. He did not seek his own vengeance.
Heavenly Father, when things in my life seem to be at a high point, help me remember to praise you and to give thanks to you. When I am down and out and it seems the whole world has crashed in on me, help me remember that you hold the world in your hand so I will praise you, even in my distress. When someone does me wrong, remind me to leave room for your wrath and never take my own vengeance. Thank you for the many friends and fellow Christians in my life and I ask you to please be with each of them. I pray in the name of Jesus.