Psalm 109 – Plea for Judgement of False Accusers

Published January 24, 2024 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

Have you ever been accused of something that simply wasn’t true? King David has, and he prayerfully sings about it at Psalm 109.

1 Do not keep silent,
O God of my praise!
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful
Have opened against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without a cause.

In response, David asks of God, that his accusers be dealt with as they have dealt with him.

Set a wicked man over him,
And let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
And let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few,
And let another take his office.

But of God, David also reaches out towards His mercy.

21 But You, O God the Lord,
Deal with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
22 For I am poor and needy,
And my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like a locust.

And then we see David’s reasoning:

26 Help me, O Lord my God!
Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
27 That they may know that this is Your hand—
That You, Lord, have done it!

Even David, amongst persecution, wants for his enemies (so full of lies) to know that his salvation is of the Lord his God!

Beloved reader, there is a reason why the death of Jesus was so public. That the world may see the works of God, as the gospel call, and that the church of Jesus Christ may believe and be saved by His Person and by His work. Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

You are great and greatly to be praised. Thank you for declaring Your truth amongst the falsehoods of this fallen race. You alone have declared our salvation. Jesus has done all things towards it. The Holy Spirit shall finish His work in me. Preserve us from this wicked generation, as You do. In Christ, Amen.

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