A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Psalm 109 — Prayer against an Enemy

Psalm 109, Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

God of my praise, do not be silent.

For wicked and deceitful mouths open against me;
they speak against me with lying tongues.
They surround me with hateful words
and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
but I continue to pray.
They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.

Set a wicked person over him;
let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
and let his prayer be counted as sin.
Let his days be few;
let another take over his position.
Let his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow. . . 
11 Let a creditor seize all he has;
let strangers plunder what he has worked for.
12 Let no one show him kindness . . . 
14 Let his ancestors’ guilt
be remembered before the Lord,
and do not let his mother’s sin be blotted out.
15 Let their sins always remain before the Lord,
and let Him erase all memory of them from the earth.

16 For he did not think to show kindness,
but pursued the afflicted, poor, and brokenhearted
in order to put them to death.
17 He loved cursing—let it fall on him;
he took no delight in blessing—let it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing like his coat—
let it enter his body like water
and go into his bones like oil.
19 Let it be like a robe he wraps around himself,
like a belt he always wears.
20 Let this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers,
to those who speak evil against me.

21 But You, Yahweh my Lord,
deal kindly with me because of Your name;
deliver me because of the goodness of Your faithful love.
22 For I am afflicted and needy;
my heart is wounded within me.
23 I fade away like a lengthening shadow;
I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak from fasting,
and my body is emaciated.
25 I have become an object of ridicule to my accusers
when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.

26 Help me, Lord my God;
save me according to Your faithful love
27 so they may know that this is Your hand
and that You, Lord, have done it.
28 Though they curse, You will bless.
When they rise up, they will be put to shame,
but Your servant will rejoice.
29 My accusers will be clothed with disgrace;
they will wear their shame like a cloak.
30 I will fervently thank the Lord with my mouth;
I will praise Him in the presence of many.
31 For He stands at the right hand of the needy
to save him from those who would condemn him.

8 Comments

  1. Jeff Crippen

    I don’t know, Barbara. That seems awfully harsh and unloving to pray such things….oh, wait, this is God’s Word! Hmmm….. So then, all of those church signs out front that say “Everyone is Welcome, Come as You Are” just might not be entirely inspired by the Spirit of God???

  2. healingInHIm

    A very timely reminder of how to pray against our enemy. “Grace Can Run out …” was featured yesterday and I couldn’t stop crying. http://giveherwings.com/grace-can-run-out/#comment-126 I didn’t think it would be so exhausting once I made the decision to ‘move on’. There is still so much work to be done.
    Thank you ACFJ, ‘giveherwings’ and others for tirelessly exhorting many of us. Thank you for lovingly listening and re-listening to our testimonies and then praying for us.

  3. Seeing Clearly

    A psalm to recite as I watch my movie; the one of my life, ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’.

  4. Barbara#2

    Jeff Crippen, I think it’s like my pastor always says, “Come as you are, but don’t stay that way.” God is so just…I need to pray this Psalm once again, I did as I was about to escape my abuser(s). And now, once again, I need to pray my child out of his grasp and influence. I want to raise her in a Godly environment away from him and Sin City. I cannot imagine flying her back and forth…he will flip a lid if I try to take her even 1/2 the time. I petition the Lord to release her from his clutches and obsession over her. I would appreciate any and all prayers in Jesus’ Name.

    Eds note: Hope you don’t mind the screen name Barbara#2 🙂

  5. Valerie

    I remember when I first came across that Psalm in light of the awareness of the abuse. It is comforting yet it also is difficult for me to totally embrace. Totally goes against everything I was taught or told. Pray more. Love more. Yet we can’t pick and chose which scriptures are the inspired Word of God because they all are.

    One of the teachings of scripture is that you reap what you sow, more than you sow and later than you sow. So this passage is part of that hard teaching. The words of this have been balm to my heart…all the times I extended love and he returned evil. All the times I tried pointing him to the teaching of Christ and he would have none of it.

    Thanks Barbara for this reminder!!

  6. OutofZion

    Thank You- Hard Day
    God Bless,

    • twbtc

      Outofzion,

      Would you contact me at twbtc.acfj@gmail.com. I want to ask you a question about posting comments.

      Thanks,
      twbtc

  7. Still Reforming

    I’m just about to finish Jeff and Anna’s book, and I really hope you don’t mind my posting this clip here, but this response of Montel Williams to Congress regarding a US soldier incarcerated for making a wrong turn into Mexico and how we should handle this young man’s PTSD reminds me so much of what Jeff writes about how the church should handle victims of abuse. Watch between minutes 1:25 and 2:45. What really strikes me is how I can see what Montel’s saying about the sergeant’s time in prison as it relates to the victim of an abuser’s leaving him and how the church now treats her – how that can be as bad as (or Montel says it’s worse) the time with her abuser (or in this case, two combat situations for the Marine). I love Montel’s passion around minute 2:05 on. The way Montel speaks here for someone who can’t speak for himself is how the church needs to respond and stand up for victims, as Jeff and Anna and Barbara are.

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