Daily Devotion of Psalm 109

Daily Nugget:
David found himself surrounded by many that wished the worse and harm to him (Psalm 109:2-5). He certainly is not alone in that situation.

Too frequently, one that attempts to do what is morally, biblically, and socially right is met with much opposition, as did David. Often, it seems that many believe what is right is evil, and what is evil is good. They corrupt God’s principles and replace them with their own. Sadly, we see this today, especially in politics and in our society.
“And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.” Psalm 109:5
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

David, as do so many when they are wronged, wished the worse on his adversaries. The wounded and hurt may want the wrongdoers punished, but it is the judging God that will do His will and way on those that are breaking His commandments and wishing harm on God’s own.

Although those opposing God’s laws and His people think they are getting away with their evilness, they are not. Eventually, they will pay the price for their sin and the mayhem they cause against those trying to live right and doing right.

No one gets away with sin. David mentioned many ways that enemies of God and His people are reprimanded by the Lord. They include:

  • Satan will be their guide towards evil (Psalm 109:6).
  • God will judge the wrong-doer (Psalm 109:7, 15). No one gets away with sin. There is usually a payday someday.
  • The prayers of their desperation will not be heeded and will be seen as a sin to the Almighty (Psalm 109:7).
  • Their life may even be shortened because of their sin (Psalm 109:8).
  • Losing their position of authority because of their abuse of power (Psalm 109:8).
  • Judgment for their sin may affect their family and future generations (Psalm 109:9-10,12-13). Of all God will do to those committing wickedness, according to this Psalm, their family and future generations will suffer much.
  • Loss of the sinner’s life (Psalm 109:9).
  • Loss of what was valued and desired (Psalm 109:11, 13-14).
  • God will not forget what they had done (Psalm 109:14).
  • Not being remembered in the future (Psalm 109:15).
  • Not receiving any mercy or blessing from God (Psalm 109:16-17).
  • Making his life difficult, as he did to others (Psalm 109:17-19).

Although David wished the above punishments on those that troubled his life, ultimately, it is God that will be the judge. God, however, uses these wages of sin today, as He did in the past. Although there are many today that deceive the people and harm the innocent, they will suffer a significant loss. If they were to read and understand this Psalm, they may realize what enormous consequences they are facing.

Every evildoer, be it those at work, politicians, or in society that commit such atrocities, especially against God’s people, will one day regret it. They will pay a price for their iniquities that they will wish they had never committed.

Today’s Thought: 
“The wages of sin is death. There is no minimum wage.” — Author Unknown

Words to Understand:
Adversaries: enemies; persons opposing another
Compassed: did something; accomplished
Extortioner: a person that extracts money from another by threatening to expose another’s deeds or misdeeds
Posterity: future offspring or generations
Vagabonds: a person that has no permanent home or livelihood

Today’s Reading:
Psalm 109
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with 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 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

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