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Should We Pray for God to Punish Our Enemies?

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Praying Through the Bible #67

TEXT: Psalm 109

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 66 messages in this series.
This is message #67, titled "Should We Pray for God to Punish Our Enemies?” 
Today, we come to a passage which is one of the great conundrums of Scripture. It is one of those passages that makes us pause and consider what we think we know of God and the Bible. The reason why is because, to put it simply, David is praying to God for trouble, for harm, for calamity to fall on others. This seems to go against all that we know about Biblical teachings and the Christian faith. We are more familiar with such words as, "love your enemies," "bless those who curse you," and "turn the other cheek."

C.S. Lewis called this psalm an "unabashed hymn of hate." Charles Spurgeon said of Psalm 109, "Truly this is one of the hard places of Scripture, a passage which the soul trembles to read." Yet, God, in His providence and wisdom allowed this psalm to be preserved for us today. As Spurgeon goes on to say, "it is a Psalm unto God, and given by inspiration, it is not ours to sit in judgment upon it, but to bow our ear to what God the Lord would speak to us therein." And that is what we will do today -- find out what the Lord would have us to take away from this passage.