In this Psalm, we look at the prayer of David that God would fall on his enemies and ask how this is compatible with the New Testament command that we love our enemies. We see that with God, there is a time at which His patience ends and judgment falls. In trying to understand how we may discern this timing and pray appropriately, we see:

  • David prayed when the enemy was too strong for his own resources
  • He examined his heart to make sure he was not being chastised for his own sins
  • Then, seeing he was not guilty of the things with which he was charged, he prayed for God’s intervention as Judge
  • He trusted in God for His timing in judgment.

God provides His enemies with time to repent and we should also pray in love that they would do this. However, if they will not repent, they slowly fill God’s cup of wrath until it is full and He pours it out upon them.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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