Saturday, January 4: May burning coals fall on them


Saturday in the PsalmsOn Saturdays we'll worship God through a selection from the Psalms.

Read Psalm 140:6-13

I say to the Lord, "You are my God."

Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.

Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,

you shield my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;

do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;

may the mischief of their lips engulf them.

May burning coals fall on them;

may they be thrown into the fire,

into miry pits, never to rise.

May slanderers not be established in the land;

may disaster hunt down the violent.

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor

and upholds the cause of the needy.

Surely the righteous will praise your name,

and the upright will live in your presence.



Part of this passage makes this an "imprecatory psalm," where the writers pray a prayer against their enemies, that the enemies would be judged for their actions. But notice what comes after those verses in this psalm. How do this imprecatory prayer and the prayer about the poor and needy go together?


Lord, we know that you secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy. May you judge and remove those who stand against your mission in the world. Amen.



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