Should We Pray for God to Punish Our Enemies?
Frida Ghitis: The months of June and July have been difficult for Christians in America, and she says we should avoid alarmism and fear mongering in response to events in the news, instead considering the psalms of judgment.
Sing a Song of Judgment
Yes, we should love our enemies and give up our cloaks and walk the extra mile to return good for evil, as David prays in Psalm 69 against “those who hate me without cause.” Can we ask God to pour out indignation on our opponents?
Love Your Enemies and Pray for Judgment
In Romans 12, Paul warns Christians against taking vengeance into their own hands; however, reminding ourselves of God’s judgment does not negate the call to love. In what situations, then, are the imprecatory psalms of judgment appropriate?
Who Are Our Enemies?
Paul claims that the psalms of judgment are not intended for all unbelievers; not all unbelievers are enemies of God’s people in the strict sense, he claims. Paul categorizes humanity into four groups: friends inside and outside the church, enemies inside and outside the church, and enemies within the church. Enemies inside the church are those who deny Jesus by distorting core biblical teaching.
Pray with the Scriptures
David Frum: Psalms of judgment are powerful weapons, but they’re also difficult to use, he says, and they should be used in situations involving enemies both inside and outside the church. Frum prays to God for guidance as well as wisdom in praying the psalms.
What did David pray for?
David ends his prayer with profound respect for who God is and God’s profound trustworthiness, and he asks for God’s blessing. While Jesus taught his disciples how to pray (Matthew 6), David instructs and inspires us in why and what to pray.
What does the Bible say about praying for our enemies?
The text in the King James Version of the Bible is: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you; the text in the Novum Testamentum Graece is:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Did David pray for Goliath?
Let us read from verses 33 to 37: 32: And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
What is Psalms 109 talking about?
The New Oxford Annotated Bible calls this psalm ” Prayer for deliverance from enemies,” and it is one of the Imprecatory Psalms against deceitful foes. The shift from plural enemies (verses 2u20135) to a single individual (verses 6u201319) parallels Psalm 55.
What does God call David?
The Bible refers to David as “a man after God’s own heart” twice: once by Samuel, who anointed him as King Saul’s successor, and again by Samuel, who says, “But now your kingdom shall not continue, for the Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14, NKJV).
What does God promise King David?
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever; and thy house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever.u201d Nathan spoke to David in accordance with all of these words and visions…
What does God say about revenge?
u201cBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse; do not repay anyone evil for evil. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath,u201d says the Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 12: u201cIt is mine to avenge; I will repay,u201d says the Lord.
How does Jesus tell us to pray?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus taught.
What good is it to love those who love you?
What reward have you in heaven if you love those who love you? None, for it is said, Ye have received your reward; but these things we ought to do, and not leave the other undone.
Why was David not afraid of Goliath?
If David had fought the giant bare-knuckled and beaten him up with his bare hands, he wouldn’t have been scared because he wasn’t going to fight fairly; he was fighting to win.
What does David and Goliath symbolize?
The phrase “David and Goliath” has taken on a secular meaning in modern usage, denoting an underdog situation in which a smaller, weaker opponent takes on a much bigger, stronger opponent; if successful, the underdog may win in an unusual or surprising manner.
How tall was David from David and Goliath?
Goliath, an ancient Philistine warrior best known for losing a fight with the future King David, was described in early Bible versions as a giant with a height of four cubits and a span.
What is the meaning of Psalm 108?
David teaches us how to praise God in Psalm 108, saying that those who praise God must do so with a steadfast or fixed heart, and that if they want God to be pleased with their worship, they must surrender their lives to God.
What is the meaning of Psalm 110?
This psalm is both a royal and a messianic psalm, and it is cited as proof of the plurality of the Godhead and Jesus’ supremacy as king, priest, and Messiah, making it “the most frequently quoted or referenced psalm in the New Testament.”
Do good to those that hate you?
u201cLove your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,u201d Jesus says in the Sermon on the Plain.