BREATHE | Wk 5: “Imprecatory Psalms”
Pastor Scott Martin | 11.06.2022
Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3
10.9 = Overview
10.16 = Lament Psalms
10.23 = Psalms of Praise
10.30 = Psalms as History
11.6 = Imprecatory Psalms
11.13 = Penitential Psalms
11.20 = Messianic Psalms
Greet your neighbor time! ======= Ask/ Answer: What keeps you up at night?
Psalm 7:1-2 (NIV)
A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
Moral Relevance vs. Divine Judgement
Psalm 7:3-8 (NIV)
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.
6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
Psalm 7:9-13 (NIV)
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
10 My shield[d] is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
he[e] will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
B’. Rigtheous Judge
Psalm 7:14-17 (NIV)
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
1. Imprecatory Psalms are not written out of vindictiveness or violence.
2. Imprecatory Psalms are immediate and paitent ask for FULL and systemic justice.
3. This psalm in particular shows that no one is above God’s justice.
4. This psalm calls out evil.
A second time: “What Keeps You Up at Night?”