9. God’s Imprecations on Persecutors Psalm 69:20-29

Text: “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee: and curse them that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1-3.

Good morning, God-blessed Christian!  If the Creator Lord God, Jehovah – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has promised to bless you, then you and I can rest in all confidence and assurance that He shall bless us; and, indeed, He has done so!  We have His own God-breathed Word on this vital matter, and God is not a mere man that He should ever lie to us, ‘His people’.  Amen.

“God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent (say, and not do!): hath He said, and shall He not do it?  Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?  Behold (look, and fully understand), I have received commandment to bless: and He hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.”              (Numbers 23:19-20)

“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call his Name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”  (Matthew 1:21)

In Christ Jesus, and through His full Atonement Sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross, the Lord God Almighty has truly and thoroughly, and Eternally blessed us, His people.  Praise and thanks to His Name!

Those Blessed:  God’s Word has also given a sure promise to all who might seek to BE a blessing unto us, His people: “He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he/she that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me.  He that receiveth (receives, and continues to receive) a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he/she that receiveth a righteous man (made righteous in Christ) in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily (truly) I say unto you, he/she shall in no wise lose his/her reward.”  (Matthew 10:40-42)

God’s Word is filled with chapter and verse Divine Authority for teaching this concept: God has promised to thoroughly bless all who seek to be a blessing to those for whom Christ Jesus suffered and died on that cruel Roman Cross.  This is a Biblical FACT.

“Give and it shall be given unto you; god measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall MEN give into your bosom.  For (a conclusion) with the same measure (weights/portions) that ye mete (weigh out/measure) withal it shall be measured to you again.”  (Luke 6:38)

The old adage is: We can never out give the Lord God Almighty: giver of all good things.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from Above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness (unchanging), neither shadow of turning.  Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” (James 1:17-18)

Those Cursed:  Psalm 69, like some other Psalms, is an Imprecatory Psalm – a Psalm containing a prayer for Divine curse upon the believer’s enemies and persecutors.

Dictionary Definition: Imprecate – (verb transitive) to call down by prayer (especially something evil); to invoke evil upon, to put a curse on; to curse or blaspheme. (The Chambers Dictionary, page 807)

Other imprecatory Psalms are Psalm 35; Psalm 58; Psalm 83; Psalm 109; and Psalm 137 – and of course, Psalm 69 which we are examining in this series now. All of these Psalms may be utilised in prayer by the Christian being severely persecuted by the world, the flesh, and the Devil.  Christians are NOT POWERLESS, but POWERFUL.

Psalm 35: “Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.  (Psalm 35:8)

Psalm 58: “Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.  Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.”  (Psalm 58:6-7)

Verse 23. “Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not.  Eyes which see no beauty in the Lord Jesus but flash wrath upon Him may well grow yet more dim, till death Spiritual leads to death Eternal.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 302)

Verse 27. “Add iniquity unto their iniquity.  Unbelievers will add sin to sin and so, punishment to punishment.  This is the severest imprecation or prophecy of all.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 302)

People today need to be informed that SIN - their personal sin, and the sin of Governments and Leaders of nations international – is a very dangerous activity to be involved in.  Sin is a most SERIOUS disobedience to our Holy Lord God, and He will not have mercy on the reprobate, ever.  Persecuting God’s chosen and Blood-bought children is an Eternally dangerous sin.

Verse 27.  “And let them not come into Thy righteousness.  Those who choose evil shall have their choice.  Men who hate Divine mercy shall not have it forced upon them.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 302)

Verse 28. “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.  So, that to be blotted out of that book, it is, indeed, never o be written there.  To be wiped out in the end is but a declaration that such were not written in the beginning.”  (Thomas Adams, 1614)

Thought: “Verse 29. But I am poor and sorrowful. No man was ever poorer or more sorrowful than Jesus of Nazareth, yet His cry out of the depths was heard, and He was uplifted to the Highest Glory.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 303) Pray on, friend.

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