The Wicked & Deceitful: Chapter 109
Has it ever seemed like someone was just “out to get you”? Or maybe they really were? And for no cause!
We’ve all felt like that, I’m sure, but David went so far as to write about it quite often. He had no problem coming to God with his fears, his calamities, his complaints. Why?
Because He knew that he served a God who heard and answered his prayers!
The good news is – we do too! If you’re in a place like David today, take heart from his words. There is an “Old Testament” flavor to them, but when we consider that David was a man of war (the reason HE wouldn’t be the one to build God’s house), then we can understand his strong words a little better.
Wicked and deceitful mouths, hate-filled mouths, and those who rewarded evil for good were some of the things David was contending with in this chapter. But I love what he says in Psalm 109:4! For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer.
Isn’t that really the jist of it? That even when people rail on us for no good reason, we can simply turn to God in prayer? It makes me think about that song, What A Friend We Have In Jesus. Truly, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
Judging Against the Wicked
Starting in verse 6, David begins praying against the wicked. That God would let Satan even stand at his right hand, and that his prayer would become sin. He prays that his enemy’s days would be few, his children, fatherless, and his wife, a widow.
As I said earlier, David’s speech here was pretty harsh. But for a man of war, it must have been right on point for that day.
He goes on to remind God that his enemy showed no mercy, persecuted the poor and needy, and even killed those with broken hearts. It’s a sad and bleak picture, and one that surely made David believe there was no good in them.
David, in Need
From verse 21, David begins to plead his own case. He’s needy, and brokenhearted himself. He’s been fasting, and his strength is gone. He says that even when people look at him, all they can do is shake their head.
But he asks God to help him, according to His mercy, and to do so in such a way that his enemies would see it and KNOW that it could be none other than God!
Ending on a Praise
As he often does, David ends his Psalm with a note of praise, that he would continually praise the Lord because of His goodness. And we can certainly take a lesson from that!
Just as Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God while bound in prison, we can always, always, always offer up a prayer like that to God. Even in the midst of our struggles, the Word tells us again, He is an ever-present help in times of trouble!
The Strength of the Lord: Chapter 110
It is said that Psalm 110 is quoted no less than 27 times in the New Testament, in some way or another. It speaks to the person of the Messiah.
In Matthew 22:43-45, Jesus speaks about this Psalm Himself. Peter mentioned it in Acts 2:34-35, and Paul speaks of it in 1 Corinthians 15:25. It’s mentioned again in Hebrews 1:13, and against in Hebrews 10:13.
The Foreshadowing Continues
The third verse speaks to the “day of thy power” and that people would be willing, especially in their youth. In any church or congregation where the Holy Spirit is given precedence and revered as He should be, there is an honest offering. Of hearts. Of lives. Of willing volunteers for the sake of Jesus.
It’s always been interesting to me that Melchizedek was mentioned and seemed so important. In reality, he was only mentioned in Genesis 14. But in that short account, we find out so much!
Melchizedek the Priest
Melchizedek met up with Abraham after Abraham defeated the kings who kidnapped Lot. His name actually means “King of righteousness” and he reigned over Jerusalem, or, as it was known in those days, “Salem”.
But what made Melchizedek so special is that he wasn’t just one who worshiped God. He was also a priest of the Most High God. And God’s greatness in turn magnified how great Melchizedek was.
He blessed Abraham (signifying that he was greater than this well-known Patriarch), and Abraham tithed to him from everything that he had gained from battle, according to Genesis 14:20.
Other than this mention, Melchizedek is not spoken of again, and there is no mention of parents or a genealogy of any sort.
That Other Order
It’s interesting to consider that the “order” of Melchizedek meant that there was another priestly order, not like that of Aaron. All the priests of Israel were descended from Aaron. They were tabernacle servants according to the Law of God.
But this Order of Melchizedek was something different entirely. Spoken of in Hebrews 5, 6, and 7, we see some interesting differences.
We see that God Himself declared this order and that it stresses the fact that Jesus is, and will forever be, a High Priest for believers. This Order is better than that of Aaron, because it is a direct Word fro God. It is real and unchangeable, lasting forever.
At His Right Hand
Since we know that Jesus is at the right hand of the Throne, we know that the last three verses speak to the end of days. At that time, when all is said and done, there will be a judgment. And what a day that will be!
We will see “the places” filled with dead bodies. This will literally be judgment of the dead which are heathen, so that each one gets a “reward” for their works.
Wow, those chapters offer a lot to think about, don’t they? We have to be careful when considering the 109th chapter, that we don’t wind up praying like David did. Yes, he was a man after God’s own heart, but we have to remember, prayers were a bit different in those Old Testament days. There was no Jesus! Now, as Jesus said, we must pray for our enemies, and BLESS those that persecute us! NOW, forgiveness is necessary, without which, we cannot receive forgiveness for ourselves!
Dear Lord, help us to remember who we are in You, and to remember that You are our High Priest, always and forever! You, in essence, WERE the Sacrificial Lamb as John so rightly predicted: that taketh away the sins of the world! Help us to always have a praise on our lips, but more importantly, in our hearts, and forgiveness even for those who persecute us falsely. I ask it in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen!