… and Damn the Lord’s Enemies

This website is mainly focused on the coming expansion of the Kingdom, the increasing level of blessings that will cover the world. Definitely for God’s (expanding) people, but by common grace even extended to the (shrinking number of) unbelievers, as well as to nature and the general creation.

But as we all know, it is insufficient for God’s friends to obey Christ and win, filled with His Spirit and His blessings.

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

Psalm 119:60, NIV
As quoted in BibleGateway’s Verse of the Day, July 25, 2020.

It is also necessary for God’s enemies to hate God and lose, filled with damnation and curses.

Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
    the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

Psalm 79:13
As not quoted in BibleGateway’s Verse of the Day.

So, let’s focus on one of the imprecatory Psalms today, one of the weapons an obedient Church and people use to bring down the Lord’s enemies.

See, e.g., Ps. 5, 7, 35, 58, 59, 68, 69, 73, 79,83,109,137, 140. The common term for these and other passages is Imprecatory Psalms; such an expression can be misleading, however, since most of the Psalms have imprecatory sections (curses) in them (cf. Ps. 1:4-6; 3:7; 6:8-10; 34:16; 37:12-15; 54:7; 104:35; 139:19-22), and all the Psalms are implicitly imprecatory, in that the blessings of the righteous are mentioned with the corollary assumed: The wicked are cursed.

The Days of Vengeance by David Chilton. Page 195, footnote 18.

And again,

God’s readiness to hear and willingness to grant His people’s prayers are continually proclaimed throughout Scripture (Ps. 9:10; 10:17-18; 18:3; 34:15-17; 37:4-5; 50:14-15; 145:18-19). God has given us numerous examples of imprecatory prayers, showing repeatedly that one aspect of a godly man’s attitude is hatred for God’s enemies and fervent prayer for their downfall and destruction (Ps. 5:10; 10:15; 35:1-8, 22-26; 59:12-13; 68:1-4; 69:22-28; 83; 94; 109; 137:8-9; 139:19-24; 140:6-11). Why then do we not see the overthrow of the wicked in our own time? An important part of the answer is the unwillingness of the modern Church to pray Biblically; and God has assured us: You do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2). But the first-century Church, praying faithfully and fervently for the destruction of apostate Israel, had been heard at God’s heavenly altar. His angels were commissioned to strike.

The Days of Vengeance by David Chilton. Page 250

It’s time for God’s people to ask for the destruction of God’s enemies, as well as for their own repentance, cleansing, sanctification, and strengthening under Christ’s Law-Word, so they can press forward God’s Kingdom even further.

Ask, and you – and your people – shall receive.

Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

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.

They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

Psalm 109:1-4, King James Version

There will always be those contemptible people who reward love with hate, and mercy with malice.

It’s perfectly reasonable to pray for the destruction of such a man.

Let thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Psalm 109:6-8, King James Version

“Oh, but God doesn’t care about the personal morality and the private beliefs of our political leaders.”

Now, that’s a bald-faced lie.

Every political office is a grant from God: here, or in North Korea, or in Iran.

Every ruler is a minister under God — whether he wants to be, or not.

As such, he is expected to uphold the commands and direction of Jesus Christ.

And he will be punished for disobedience.

Let the enemies of God be stripped of their authority, honour, and office.

And let the friends of God rise up to positions of authority, honour, and office.

“Ask, and you shall receive.”

I know that we should ask. And work to obey God in our own lives, and so be prepared to receive.

And accept the greater level of accountability and responsibility we will have before God.

Faithful Christians are Kings and Priests,on this earth, right now.

Might as well get good at it.

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

Psalm 109:9-13, King James Version

It is insufficient that the damned man alone be crushed under the wrath of God.

His children, his future his finances should be smashed as well.

The future belongs to God. Not His enemies.

Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

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.

Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.

Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

Psalm 109:14-20, King James Version

May God grant mercy to those who show mercy.

In contrast, may God be merciless to those who show no mercy.

In Jesus Christ’s holy name. Amen!

But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.

For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.

My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy:

That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.

Psalm 109:21-27, King James Version

God hears the prayers of those who humble themselves before Him, in repentance, obedience, fear, trust, and supplication.

God expects us to persevere, to push through hard times, with our eyes always on His reward, His Law-Word, His victory, His blessing.

Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.

I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.

For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Psalm 109:28-31, King James Version

Let the enemy curse…

…so long as God blesses.

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