In which there are Imprecatory Psalms (pt2)

by Craig on February 22, 2012

Why are there Psalms that are so mean? The imprecatory psalms...source

And they surround us like wolves…
stumbling over each other sometimes…
all desiring their piece of flesh…
their stolen piece of spirit.

There is a leader of the pack…
and his name need not be mentioned…
but it’s mostly the pack that encircles us.

This is part two of our series on the Imprecatory Psalms…part one is here.

These enemies of God want me to believe first…
that there is. no. God…
and that even they don’t exist…
and that to believe other than what they whisper…
is childish at best…and insanity at worst.

They speak in a hush, rarely give a shout I think.

They don’t like to attract attention.

They’re smart…but fatally flawed.

Even though they try to convince me, convince us, that there is no God to hear our prayer, they still mention Him, revealing that that they know He exists.

Fatal. Flaw.

 

OK, this picture is too cute for THEM, but sometimes I can't resist "cute" ¯\(°_o)/¯

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They try to conceal themselves and obscure the truth…
but they reveal themselves and confirm the truth they want us to deny.

They want me…us
in the pit…
in the darkness…
in despair…
isolated and weak…
wounded and unsure.

And they want me…us…to believe that their voices are just our own.

But they are there, and they are legion…

and they have voices…

and…

this is the first lesson from the imprecatory Psalms…

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” (PS 3:2)

That’s what they do.
They try to convince us that if there is a God…
he certainly has things better to do…
than to save silly little me…silly us

even though that’s something He specializes in.

Why are there Psalms that are so mean? The imprecatory psalms...source

God hearts saving us, from sin, from disaster…from ourselves.

They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” (PS71:11)

And they circle us like those wolves…
surrounding us like a vulnerable lamb…
and they mock, and strike fear, and cause discouragement.

And this is just the first thing the imprecatory Psalms teach me of the Evil One and his minions.

The surface is just barely scratched.

There is more.

Please. Come Back.

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Nacole February 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

“even though that’s something he specializes in.” and the picture of Jesus pulling Peter up–amazing. oh, im in love with it.

God doesn’t want me to sit around in the dark, when there is so much light to rejoice in. that’s one thing i learned during my “fast”. it became very clear to me how i’ve allowed myself to be influenced by the dark and how i’ve been trying to hang on by myself–not really leaning into Him. there will be worship in this house, and there will be prayer, and there will be laughter and there will be service, and Satan can do nothing about it. pray for me as i dig in?

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Craig February 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

I wonder sometimes, Nacole, just how deep our Lord let Peter sink in the water before reaching out to him – I get the feeling it was about neck high – because that’s how long Peter would’ve taken to ask for help because of pride – I almost say HIS pride – but it’s my pride – and probably yours too. You and I have both can allow ourselves to be influenced too much by the dark – you and I both have not leaned on Him enough. And trust me the Evil one can do much – but only what God allows – and mostly only what WE allow – and I just finished praying for you – the same kind of prayer I pray for myself – because I’m also digging in. God bless you my friend!

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Debbie February 23, 2012 at 1:51 am

Craig, this is important and I’m so glad that you said all that you said. And are going to say more. Listening, believing, praying and asking for His help. God bless you, friend! Are you feeling better yet?

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Craig February 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

there is magic in these imprecatory Psalms Debbie – I KNOW there is. I’m listening and believing and praying and asking for his help too – and slowly but surely I’ll heal – the sleep makes it harder – but I’ll get there – I think, maybe the spiritual healing was even the more necessary of the two. God bless you Debbie!

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Livia February 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Such a good analogy….they circle us like wolves. That is so true, isn’t it?

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