I praise You – I don’t remain quiet.
Wicked men speak against me – they speak lies, hatred, accusations.
I am a person of prayer. They repay me evil for good, hatred for friendship, betrayal for love.
Appoint an evil man for the evil man. Send him an accuser, find him guilty, let his prayers condemn him. His days will be few, someone else will take over leadership. His children will be fatherless and wandering beggars. A creditor will seize all he owns and strangers will enjoy the fruits of his labor. No one will have pity or mercy. The family name will be blotted out. God will never forgive him. He never thought of doing a kind deed, but hounded the poor to death. May the curse he put on others return to him.
Deal well with me. Deliver me.
I am poor, needy, wounded, fading away, scorned.
Help me, save me.
Men may curse, but God will bless.
I will extol God and praise Him for He stands at the right hand of the needy one and saves his life from those who condemn him.
I remember finding this psalm when I was recovering from my divorce. Every time I came across it, I would pray it with venom in my voice. But the more I allowed God to heal me and the more I forgave, the less venom and the more pity accompanied my prayer.
God take vengeance.It belongs to You.Shine God of vengeance.Let everyone see Your glory.Rise up where the earth can see You.Pay the proud back – take them down a notch or two (or three).Right now the wicked triumph and are jubilant, but not for long.
The arrogant speak wickedly, arrogantly.“See what I did, what I can get away with.I’m better than the widow, alien and fatherless.God has no part here.”
Careful!God created hearing, how can He not hear?God created eyes, how can He not see?God disciplines nations, how can He not punish you?God knows how we think, how can He not know all things?God knows how we think, how futile our plans are, how limited.
Blessed is he whom God disciplines, teaches.He is granted relief until a pit is dug for the wicked.God will not reject His own.We are His inheritance, His future.Judgment will be based on righteousness and the upright in heart will follow it.
Only God rises up in my defense, He stands up for me.Unless God had helped me – I’d be dead.His love supported me.His consolation turned my anxiety into joy.
Even under a corrupt government, God is my fortress, rock and refuge.The God of vengeance will repay the wicked, and destroy them.