Psalm 109:4 – I Give Myself To Prayer

Most of us have had people in our lives who have irritated us or been prickly thorns; some may have had true, vicious enemies, but probably not many.  Living in America, we’ve had great ease and comfort.  Conflicts and wars haven’t touched our nation within its borders for many years – from long before all of us were born.  There have certainly been many people who have experienced difficult, very trying times in their lives, but I’d venture to say that hasn’t revolved around outright hostilities where we have enemies on every side that hate and want to destroy us.  That has changed.  We are on the cusp of something so unique in our nation’s history that the vast majority of people either cannot, or willfully decide not to, see it.

This is so hard to believe in the United States that even writing it seems absurd.  Our government has weaponized itself against a large segment of the people.  Instead of clearly seeing our enemies elsewhere for what they are, e.g. China and its desire to undermine us with its communist agenda, or Islam that wishes to establish a worldwide caliphate where all are under the thumb of Sharia Law; those at the highest echelons of our own government have decided that conservatives and Christians are the true enemy.  To this end, they have issued rules, regulations, decrees, and various forms of “guidance” that describe how people identified within these two groups are the greatest danger our nation has ever known.

In years past, things like what they are actually doing would have been laughed off as paranoid conspiracy theory.  Laugh no more.  The conspiracies have all come true.  Literally every three-letter agency in our government, e.g. FBI, CIA, NIH, CDC, FDA, DHS, and many more, along with the military, have been corrupted and turned to think that ordinary citizens wish to violently overthrow the governance of the country and are actively plotting to do so.  There are valid reasons for those on the right side of the political spectrum to plan such an activity because of the fraud and deceit in the 2020 election that resulted in an illegitimate president and the resulting regime that is destroying our nation.  However, Americans are a peaceful people who have long lived by the rule of law.  Because of that, very few of us wish to exercise any sort of violence in retaliation.  Are there a few?  No doubt.  But they were surely not part of the peaceful protestors arrested as violent insurrectionists unjustly arrested at the January 6, 2020 Capitol rally.  What kind of revolutionaries would come to an event to take over our nation without any guns when so many are available?

Two recent notices issued by a couple of the above example agencies have – rightly – raised red flags among those of us who are aware and watching.

  1. The first is the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding Potential Terror Threats.  According to this warning, “domestic terrorists” are those who disagree with the boot that has been placed on our necks concerning the COVID response and the so-called vaccines which they are on the cusp of mandating.  (https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-august-13-2021)  Those of us in this group are considered highly dangerous and a major threat to democracy (as the regime defines it).

What is DHS doing to prepare for our theoretical violent uprising?  They are actually hiring Internment/Resettlement Specialists through the National Guard. (https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/legal-and-law-enforcement/internment-resettlement-specialist.html)

2. The second is from the Centers for Disease Control, which is preparing the means to round up people they identify and decide are a contagion risk to the rest of the populace.  What will they do with these folks?  Have you heard over the years about FEMA camps from those conspiracy theorists you thought were nutjobs?  Well, here you are: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/global-covid-19/shielding-approach-humanitarian.html.

Put these two troubling instances together and we have our government preparing to round up those they consider dissidents and troublemakers via trained specialists to put them into internment camps.

The question must be asked: Who is the enemy?  Is it we who believe something counter to the official narrative?  Or is he collectively those in all aspects of governing authority planning to imprison “we the people”?

This leads me to Psalm 109.  This is an imprecatory psalm, i.e. one that invokes judgment, calamity, or curses upon one’s enemies.  It is a lament that those who hate God and His people are plentiful and surround them on every side.  The psalm spares no sentiments for these enemies.  They have done awful deeds and deserve punishment.

The response from the psalmist is worthy of our notice.  He is a man of God.  He actually loves his enemies because that is what the Lord requires.  In order to do this he must do one critical thing that we see in Psalm 109:4:

In return for my love they accuse me,

    but I give myself to prayer.

His loving attitude doesn’t go far with those who hate him.  Despite that, he prays.  Yet, regardless of his prayers, what do these evil ones do?  We see that in the next verse, Psalm 109:5:

So they reward me evil for good,

    and hatred for my love.

That’s discouraging.  As a result, he asks through this imprecatory psalm for terrible things to come upon those who have harmed him.  You can read the psalm and see all the calamities he wishes upon his enemies.

Throughout all that the psalmist endures from the wicked ones surrounding him, He knows that God is with him.  Consider the final two verses of psalm 109:30-31:

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;

    I will praise him in the midst of the throng.

For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,

    to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

It doesn’t matter what happens.  He will come humbly before God and worship Him.  Throughout it all, he recognizes that the Lord is at his side.

We learn through such a psalm that we can call upon God to righteously judge those who oppose Him and we who follow our King.  Our doing so should be done in righteous anger, which even Jesus experienced.  In the midst of the trials we may face – through them all – we are to love.  Moreover, even though we may ask God to punish those who perpetrate evil upon us, we continue to have the Great Commission as our directive.  We are to make disciples.  This means we have to proclaim the Gospel.  We even have to declare the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who may actively be harming us.

The possibility is great that before Jesus returns in the Rapture to snatch us from this alien place, we may experience some taste of what our brothers and sisters in Christ elsewhere in the world have been suffering for years.  Trials and tribulations may very well be in our near future.  It’s not a pleasant thought but a real possibility.

Because of that, those who have eyes to see and ears to hear are advised to both mentally and spiritually prepare.  God will not cause us to endure the 7-year Tribulation, but we may soon see some difficult times.  This is the season for us to come before the Lord in our brokenness and inability to affect any of the global events that are happening.

If we rend our hearts and come humbly to the throne of grace, our Lord will not forsake us.

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