Quite a few psalms speak of enemies, including this one, Psalm 109. We should remember that, by the time many of these poem/prayers were compiled, David was king, and kings must always be aware of who their enemies are; otherwise they might lose their kingdoms. And the Israelites of this time period were a tribal people, and tribes were always warring and strategizing and winning or losing—losing battles, homelands, their families, and so forth.
And yet, these psalms speak to us today, because there will always be some force set against us, whether a vindictive colleague at work, a racist neighbor, a corrupt government office, or a larger entity set upon our destruction. So, even though we try to be people of peace and godly love, we experience the emotions that are voiced in this psalm.
- Read the psalm slowly, two or three times. At least one of those times read it aloud.
- Notice the phrases that stand out for you. Then focus on one of those phrases.
- Use that phrase for reflection, asking such questions as:
- Why does this phrase resonate for me?
- What might God be saying to me through this psalm?
- Is there any action I should take, any way in which the Holy Spirit is using these words to guide me?