8Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Psalm 109 is a difficult Psalm to understand for it seems to be so contrary to the characteristics that are to exemplify believers. Yet here is David, a believer, hurling a whole list of curses against his enemies. However, before we become too outraged, we must remember that David was led by the Holy Spirit to write these words.
How then are we to view such curses against the ungodly? What lessons are we to learn from these verses from Psalm 109? Of course, our more ardent desire for the wicked would be that they come to the knowledge of Christ and accept Him as their Savior. In the time of David, each nation had their gods; the emphasis was not on the individuals, but rather, on the nation as a whole. The likelihood of an entire nation rejecting their gods and accepting the God of Israel was so remote that it was not even considered.
The frustration faced by David is not unlike the frustrations we face when the ungodly seem to rule, and are lauded, while true believers are ridiculed and dismissed. In our day we see man quickly running as far away from the laws of God as possible. Yet, their ungodly ways and ideas are upheld, even up to the highest courts of the land. Is there no hope for the believer?
In reading Psalm 109, we are reminded that God is God. Though the men of this earth may attempt to distance themselves from Him, He still is in control. All of the curses written against the enemies of David are actions often used by God toward the wicked of our day. If they continually refuse to turn to Him, then there is no hope for them in this life or in the life to come.
In a system of true justice, the righteous are rewarded and the wicked are punished. God, in His righteousness, punishes the wicked both now and in the life to come. All men will live eternally, however all men will not live eternally in heaven.
As children of God, let us run with patience the race that God has set before us, and let us pray for the ungodly, that their hearts may be turned to the Lord. However, if we are caught in the webs of the wicked and persecuted, let us cry out to the Lord to be gracious to us and to help us endure whatever trials may come our way, knowing that this world is not our home. We have a rich eternity that awaits us.
Though the wicked may seem to live in great acceptance and prosperity, their days are numbered. The life they have to look forward to will be an eternity filled with torment and regret. Though they may be unpunished in this world, they will not be unpunished in the next!
God is God, and we are not! To Him belongs all of the honor, the praise and the glory!
God Bless You,