“Never Give Up” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – May 13

Psalm 109:1-31    A Lament By David

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Psalm 109:1-31   Never Give Up

This is another imprecatory or cursing psalm.  Is it really OK to curse people?  Generally, not.  But they always apply to demons or people who act demonically.  Like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Judas.  In fact, verses from this psalm were applied to Judas.  Peter in Acts 1:10 applies Psalm 109:6-9 specifically to Judas.

Do you think Judas should have been cursed?  God did.  He betrayed the Son of Man!  Those are the types of people that should be cursed.  Demons have already been cursed but I think if they are hampering God’s will, they are fair game for cursing as well.

David begins in praise of God and asks God to answer Him (v. 1).  I think if we were to pray this way we’d have more answers to prayer.  To exhort God to answer is to say we are really meaning business with Him.  Try it.  It is a model for us.

David is being hounded again by really, really bad guys (v. 2).  It’s hard to tell when he wrote this since this happened all throughout his life.  Don’t be surprised if you try to do God’s will and even other believers try to thwart you (cf. 1 Pet. 4:12).  His adversaries lied about him (v. 2b) and generally dissed him (v. 3).

In return for his love, they accused him of things he didn’t do (v. 4, cf. Ps. 69:4).  I’ve been surprised in ministry how many people could be upset with me when I did nothing but wish and work for their good.  It was shocking.  One friend of mine told me of a saying, “no good deed goes unpunished.”  It is certainly true in ministry, if you are being true to the Lord.

The antidote is to be in prayer (v. 4b).  You will most certainly be repaid evil for love as you represent Christ.  But we are still to be ambassadors for Him (cf. 2 Cor. 5:20).  To be an ambassador for Christ does not mean we have to be doormats, but it does mean that need to represent His character.  He definitely stood up to some that opposed Him (cf. Matt. 23:27).

A curse is pronounced on one of David’s foes in v. 6.  Of course, this also sounds just like Judas.  His days were few as an apostle (v. 8) and if he had children, they were made fatherless (v. 9) when he took his own life.  If he prayed, they were sinful prayers (v. 7).  That is a scary thought, isn’t it, that prayers can be considered sinful by God?  That’s why it’s always best to pray in His name (cf. John 14:12-14).

This is a pretty nasty curse:  the oppressor’s children begging (v. 10), a creditor seizing all his assets (v. 11), none showing him comfort (v. 12), and his legacy destroyed (v. 13) and his mother’s sin won’t be forgiven (vv. 14-15).

He was an evil man (vv. 15-20).  He cursed others and thus should be cursed.  It is talionic justice (see Ps. 64, Boomerang Slang).  He should reap what he sows (cf. Gal. 6:7).

David asks Yahweh to treat him according to His love and kindness (v. 21).  He has been beaten down and is discouraged from constant abuse (vv. 22-25).

David asks for help and to do it for His own glory (vv. 26-27; John 14:13).  It is better to have God’s blessing even if we are still being abused by others (v. 28).  Hangman, I mean, Haman is an example of someone who tried to destroy God’s people but ended up dead on the gallows he built for another (Esther 8:7).  He and his family were completely disgraced after he attempted to annihilate the Jews (cf. Esther 9:12-14).  Does Haman give you an example of a type of person that should be cursed?  (See also Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin in Crime Does Not Pay).

When evil people are given justice, the righteous will rejoice (v. 30, cf. in the end times, the righteous will rejoice over the judgment of evil, Rev. 18:20).

You may not see the justice of God right now but keep praying.  God is near you, at your “right hand.”  He will take you to live with Him throughout all eternity (cf. John 14:3).  Keep persevering (cf. 1 Cor. 15:58)!

Charles Stanley used to tell a story about Winston Churchill.  He said Churchill visited his childhood school to give a speech one time.  He got up to the podium and said, “Never give up . . .  never give up . . .  never, never, NEVER give up!”  Then he sat down.  I don’t know if that’s true but it’s a pretty cool story.

No matter who opposes you when you are doing God’s will, don’t give up.  Don’t ever, ever, ever . . .  give up!

Proverbs 15:5-7  Bad Intentions

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The first of the ten commandments that should be learned by children and comes with a promise is the one about obeying parents (cf. Eph. 6:2).   A child who rejects his parents’ correction won’t accept anyone else’s correction either.  Parents may not always be correct but a child can figure that out later.   To not accept any discipline leads to complete arrogance.  

So now you understand a lot about 2016.  Parents aren’t correcting and if they do, they let their kids get away without accepting their reproof.  Thus, we have a nation filled with a lot of spoiled brat kids on electronics aka “fools” (v. 5a)  Those who heed advice may be scarce but they are the “sensible” ones (v. 5b).

Righteous people tend to be hardworking and so are inclined to do alright financially. But more than that, they have spiritual wealth (v. 6a).  Wicked people may be wealthy but they have a lot of trouble along with it (v. 6b, cf. Prov. 10:22, “It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it”).

Smart people teach others helpful things (v. 7a).  Unbelievers, aka “fools,” have selfish intentions (v. 7b).

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